Conventional treatments often fall short of the target. Over 85 million people in the US suffer from high pressure, and over 100 million people from high sugar levels and prediabetes. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of meditation and yoga in treating heart-related conditions. A new report published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports expands further on the benefits of yoga in supporting heart health.
The study, led by Hong Kong Polytechnic University researchers, focuses on metabolism syndrome. This is a grouping of metabolic abnormalities, such as obesity and diabetes, which often occur together and contribute to heart disease. Participants attended 90-minute yoga classes three times a week for the duration of the study. Each class consisted of a mixture of physical poses and breathwork. At the end of the study year, researchers could clearly see the correlation between regular yoga practice and a decline in Adipokines. (cell signaling protein released by excessive body fat) as well as an improvement in abdominal obesity. Other positive outcomes included general weight loss and a decrease in blood pressure. Participants also experienced reduced blood sugar levels, increased overall strength, and boosted feelings of well-being.
Making lifestyle changes to treat high blood pressure or high blood sugar is the most beneficial long-term approach. Lifestyle can include dietary changes (such as eating more vegetables, whole grains, and less meat) and stress-reduction practices such as yoga and meditation. Several yoga poses help treat high blood pressure or high blood sugar. These include:
Simple Neck Rolls – Helps to release tension from the neck, face, shoulders, and upper back. This pose is great for those who sit at a computer or desk all day.
Bitilasana This pose is great for warming the spine and relieving tension from the hips and side of the torso.
Parvritta Sirsasana – (Revolved head to knee Pose) – This pose is beneficial for stretching hamstrings and releasing muscles on the sides and back. Rest your forehead on a bolster or block as you fold forward.
Viparita Karan (Legs Up the Wall Pose). This inversion is restorative and calms the nervous, reduces stress, and boosts immunity by reversing lymph fluid flow in the body. This pose should be held for at least ten minutes.
Pranayama is a breathing exercise that is important to a hatha-yoga practice. They can be used with physical poses to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Nadi sadhana is an excellent practice for calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety.
High blood pressure and diabetes are serious health issues that can lead to strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. The treatment for these ailments can vary and often includes a combination of medication and conventional medical intervention with a price tag in the billions of dollars per year. Making lifestyle changes and committing daily to yoga can be a holistic, affordable approach that offers long-term results.