Low Pressure Tactics: Using Yoga to Lower Blood Pressure

By
Victor Dubin, ERYT-500
woman practicing janu sirsasana yoga pose with block under her forehead

My father has high blood pressure. His parents had high blood pressure. My mother has high blood pressure, and her parents had high blood pressure. So, it came as no surprise when, in a 2010 annual checkup, I had blood pressure readings of as high as 140/95. Instead of immediately prescribing medication, mostly because I had no other major risk factors, my doctor suggested that I purchase a home blood pressure monitor and take my blood pressure in a particular way and regularly. I did this earnestly. 
 

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