A Y U R V E D A + R E M E D I E S
Times are difficult for most of us right now so the best gift we can give ourselves is a time to connect with ourselves in a space of calmness and compassion. Tension and stress increase blood pressure and a wonderful and effective way to relax is the yogic resting pose “savasana”.
Lie quietly, flat on your back with arms by your sides. Observe the flow of your breath. You will notice that after exhalation there is a brief, organic stop and another natural pause after inhalation and before the next exhalation.
In that stop, stay naturally quiet for just a few seconds. This practice will bring you deep relaxation, a natural antidote for hypertension. Remain in savasana practicing this breathing for 10-15 minutes.
Meditation is also a natural way to regulate stress. Several research studies, including a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, have shown that meditation can be as effective as medications in controlling hypertension, and it produces none of the negative side effects often associated with hypertensive drugs.
Breathing exercises can also regulate stress. Make a tube with your tongue and inhale through that tube into the abdomen. Hold the breath for a few seconds and then breathe it out through your nose. You could also alternate breathing through your nostrils, closing one while breathing in through the other, then switching.
Please note that we are not doctors and you should seek medical advice for the clinical treatment of high blood pressure. These practices are safe, time-tested, effective and natural ways to manage your inner energetics and states of mind.