Avoid inverted poses like Shirshasana (headstand pose) or Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand pose). In these poses, your head is at a lower level than your heart which can lead to a sudden and uncontrolled rush of blood to the head.

It is always best to club yoga and pranayama with healthier lifestyle choices. To control high blood pressure, regulate your diet and avoid habits such as smoking and drinking. Take one step at a time and don’t be in a rush for results. You will then find a smooth path to holistic healing for your blood pressure problems.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key causes of heart disease. Increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels result from stress, anxiety, poor diet and lack of physical activity.

The American Heart Association says healthy eating, exercise, and meditation are recommended lifestyle choices to prevent and reverse heart disease.


Yoga is a physical practice that emphasizes breath, focus, and meditation. Practicing yoga brings a deeper awareness of the body, mind and emotions allowing the yogi to become more in tune with their physical and mental health. Yoga builds cardiovascular health, increases lung capacity, and improves respiratory function and heart rate. It also boosts blood circulation, builds muscle, and decreases inflammation.