Lower Blood Pressure

How can Yoga help?

The inverted poses in yoga are designed to lower blood pressure.

Research shows that when people go into an alpha brain wave state, as they do when practicing yoga, blood pressure is lowered and the heart and brain come into union, when we access our highest levels of intelligence.

Here at Yoga.org.nz, we are convinced that everybody needs yoga, regardless of his or her situation. Everybody can benefit from yoga in some way.

What is Blood Pressure?

Alternative names
Hypotension; Low blood pressure

Definition
An abnormal condition in which the blood pressure is lower than 90/60 or is low enough to cause symptoms or interfere with well-being.

Considerations
The blood pressure is normally above 90/60 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). When the blood pressure is too low there is inadequate blood flow to the heart, brain, and other vital organs. Borderline low blood pressure for one person may be normal for another. The most important factor is how the blood pressure changes from the baseline or normal condition. A fall of 20 mmHg or more from a person’s baseline is considered very significant.

  • drugs including anesthesia, antianxiety agents, antihypertensives, calcium   channel blockers, diuretics, general anesthetics, antiarrhythmics, monoamine   oxidase inhibitors, narcotic analgesics, tranquilizers, vasodilators, alcohol
  • dehydration
  • heart failure, heart attack or changes in heart rhythm
  • response of blood vessels to stimulation of the vagus nerve — called vasovagal   syncope (common faint)
  • sudden change in body position, usually from lying down to an upright position   (orthostatic hypotension)
  • shock due to internal bleeding, overwhelming infection, heart failure or trauma
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • allergic reaction to drugs
  • anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic response)