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These yoga techniques can help your parents deal with hypertension

Updated on:15 June 2020, 19:21pm IST
Whether your parents have hypertension or are heading towards it, these yoga poses can help them deal with high blood pressure.
Grand Master Akshar
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Did you know that over two-thirds of Indian adults over the age of 60 have hypertension or high blood pressure? If your parents are heading towards that statistic then let yoga reduce their risk of high blood pressure.

Yoga improves your balance, increases your lung capacity, boosts your immunity, and brings a whole host of additional benefits. Following a yoga routine daily, coupled with a healthy diet with less salt, managing stress and getting plenty of sleep are key to not only reducing the risk of hypertension but also managing it.

So, practice these yogic techniques of pranayama and meditation to manage high blood pressure. (Please note: These asanas and techniques need to be performed very carefully and slowly.)

Bhastrika pranayama

Method:
1. Sit in any comfortable pose. Straighten your back and close your eyes
2. Place your palms on your knees facing up.
3. Inhale and fill your lungs with air. Exhale completely
4. Inhalation and exhalation should be done in a 1:1 ratio. For example, if you breathe in for 6 counts, you must take 6 counts to exhale

Duration: You may begin by practicing this breathing technique for five minutes a day and gradually increase it with time.

Benefits:
*Cleanses the entire body and releases toxins
*Improves the lung’s breathing capacity
*Reduces excess fat in body
*Enhances digestion
*Regulates the nervous system
*Purifies blood
*Energizes body and reduces laziness

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Brahmari pranayama

Method:
1. Sit in any comfortable pose. Straighten your back and close your eyes.
2. Place your thumbs on the tragus, the external flap outside on your ear.
3. Place your index fingers on your forehead, your middle finger on the inner corners of the eye, and ring fingers on the corners of your nostrils.
4. Inhale and fill your lungs with air. As you exhale, slowly make a buzzing sound like a bee.
5. Keep your mouth closed the entire time and feel the vibration of the sound disseminate throughout your body

Brahmari pranayama
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Duration: You may begin by practicing this breathing technique for five minutes a day and gradually increase it with time.

Benefits:
*Calms the mind and rejuvenates the body
*Increases sensitivity to tastes and fragrances
*Relieves stress and anxiety
*Treats throat uneasiness
*Balances blood pressure
*Improves concentration

Super Power Meditation
This is a highly recommended practice which influences the rate at which your body can heal itself. Meditation techniques can improve your mood, calm your mind and help relax you.

To practice this:
1. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and your hands on your knees. The idea is to sit in the shape of a triangle atop a mountain.
2. In this position, you need to visualize a reverse triangular shield in your chest and then meditate.
3. During the meditative process, with every inhale, this shield allows you to welcome all the positive energies of the world into you. And, as you exhale you release unwanted toxins, miseries, and negativity from within you.

Yoga can be an all-round solution for the body and for the mind. Yoga improves overall physical health, boosts memory and also brain functions–and in this case help you manage high blood pressure.

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Grand Master Akshar Grand Master Akshar

Grand Master Akshar is an internationally acclaimed Spiritual yogic master. He is the founder, chairman and course director of Akshar Yoga and president of World Yoga Organisation. He is also the President of the International Siddha Foundation.