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HOW YOGA CAN CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AND SUGAR

Diabetes and hypertension are two health culprits that go hand-in-hand. While regular checkups and dietary control can help prevent and manage these conditions well, we know that it is easier said than done. We are well aware how difficult it is to control sugar cravings and lose weight. Why not take some help from our ancient and natural healing technique, yoga? There is a famous adage “old is gold,” but is it true that yoga can actually help control elevated blood sugar and pressure? Let’s find out what can be achieved through the practice of yoga.

Yoga: Pose and Dispose

Other than a poor diet and lack of physical activity, the lack of mental peace is another major cause for lifestyle diseases. Yoga is a physical therapeutic art that can help you control your mind, body, and soul and restore peace within.

YOGA IN HYPERTENSION

How does it help?

  1. Yogasanas increase your capability to fight against diseases, thereby reducing the risk of heart problems like heart attack and stroke.
  2. Regular yoga practice can help you control and regulate your body weight.
  3. Yoga calm and soothe your nerves and bring back your heart rate back to normal.
  4. Asanas involve deep breathing along with synchronized body movements and, thus, improve blood pressure by relieving stress.
  5. It regulates your sleeping pattern, correct inadequate and improper sleep, which is one of the leading causes of hypertension.
  6. It helps create a positive energy and harmony within your body, which is useful to control hypertension in the long run.

What to do?

Following are some yogasanas that can help you manage hypertension:

  1. Shavasana (corpse pose)
  2. Sukhasana (easy pose)
  3. Virasana (hero pose)
  4. Shishuasana (child pose)
  5. Vajrasana (diamond pose)
  6. Paschimottanasana (forward-bend pose)

Following are some of the pranayamas (breathing exercises) that can help you manage hypertension:

  1. Kapal bhati pranayama (skull shining breathing technique)
  2. Bhramari pranayama (bee breath)
  3. Nadi shodhan pranayama (alternate nostril breathing technique)

YOGA IN DIABETES

How does it help?

  1. Regular yoga practice reduces blood sugar level. It delays the progression of diabetes and reduces the risk and severity of further complications.
  2. Stress is one of the significant causes of diabetes as it increases the level of the hormone glucagon. Glucagon is released from the pancreas and is responsible for the rise in blood glucose levels. Yoga helps bring the glucagon level back to normal, thus managing diabetes.
  3. Regular yoga practice helps in reducing excess weight. Weight management is one of the key steps in controlling high blood sugar, and the practice of yoga can be the first step towards this.
  4. A research titled “Effect of 3-month yoga on oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes with or without complications,” published in October 2011, indicated that yoga can decrease the BMI, control blood sugar level, and increase vitamin C and glutathione level. Thus, yoga is proved to be an effective therapy in diabetes mellitus.

What to do?

Following are some yogasanas that can help you manage your high blood pressure:

  1. Shavasana (corpse pose)
  2. Shishuasana (child pose)
  3. Vajrasana (kneeling pose)
  4. Dhanurasana (bow pose)
  5. Halasana (plow pose)
  6. Tadasana (mountain pose)
  7. Padahastasana (gorilla pose)
  8. Vrikshasana (tree pose)
  9. Trikonasana (triangle pose)
  10. Parshvothanasana (pyramid pose)
  11. Vakrasana (half spinal twist pose)
  12. Gomukasana (cow face pose)
  13. Paschimotasana (seated forward bend pose)
  14. Uttanapadasana (raised legs pose)
  15. Pawanamuktasana (wind-relieving pose)
  16. Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
  17. Shalabasana (grasshopper pose)

Following are some pranayamas that can help you manage your high blood pressure:

  1. Kapal bhati pranayama (skull shining breathing technique)
  2. Sitkari and bhramari pranayama
  3. Nadi shodhan pranayama (alternate nostril breathing technique)

Incorporating these techniques and traveling this journey can help you boost your immunity and manage these inter-related conditions better. Yoga is simpler than dietary restriction but strong enough to help you win the battle against the diseases. Perform yoga, keep breathing, because that’s the secret to life!

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