Yoga Therapy for Low Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure in your arteries during the active and resting phases of each heartbeat. Blood pressure chronically lower than 90/60mmHg is categorized as Low Blood Pressure or Hypotension. Sudden drops in blood pressure can be dangerous, causing dizziness and fainting. Low B.P. is not generally classified as a disease; instead it is seen as a physiological condition.
There are various medical conditions that can lead to hypotension, such as pregnancy, low heart rate (bradycardia), thyroid conditions, Addison’s disease, low blood sugar, dehydration and anemia. Certain medications such as diuretics, alpha blockers, drugs for Parkinson’s disease can also induce low blood pressure. Hypotension can be easily treated by making lifestyle changes such as increasing water and salt intake, avoiding caffeine and alcohol and taking frequent smaller meals instead on larger ones.
Samkhya Yoga View:
Similar to Allopathy, Samkhya Yoga too does not recognize Low B.P. as a systemic problem-rather it is a natural congenital state for most. Generally, Low B.P. is a sign of excellent health and good vasodilation, but in people suffering from Low B.P. as a form of fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea, nausea, etc., strength building asanas, from the Earth element are highly recommended.
Yogic Lifestyle advice:
Those with Low B.P. are advised to spend time in nature trails during weekends, walking barefeet on grass and to stay active, pursuing either work or hobbies. Low B.P. individuals should not spend too much time in solitude or disconnected from active work. Chikitsa Yoga asana sequence for Strength building is highly recommended as well as all round sports such as swimming, cycling and squash.
Asanas for disease reduction:
The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are a small selection of simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from Low Blood Pressure.
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