Generally speaking, blood pressure readings that are consistently 140 over 90, or higher, over a number of weeks qualify as “high blood pressure”. High blood pressure, or “hypertension” puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Overtime, this extra strain increases dramatically increases risk of a heart attack or stroke, which constitute the major causes of death in Australia. High blood pressure can also cause heart and kidney disease, and is closely linked to some forms of dementia.
The danger of hypertension is that it often presents without symptoms, and in some cases, the first sign of high blood pressure is a stroke that leaves the victim permanently disabled. Although several conditions can cause secondary high blood pressure, such as kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and hormone abnormalities, often a high-stress lifestyle leads to “essential” hypertension, where there is no disease-specific cause.
Yoga, when performed mindfully, can reduce this type of stress-induced hypertension, while addressing its underlying cause. It pacifies the sympathetic nervous system and slows down the heart, while teaching the muscles and mind to release and relax deeply.
Studies have indicated that pranayama breathing exercises can also be extremely beneficial in reducing high blood pressure. Research has demonstrated that conscious breathing, such as that done in horizontal 3-stage-yogic breath quickly lowers blood pressure.
While a general yoga practice has a pacifying effect and can bring the nervous system into balance, some asanas work better than others for actually lowering blood pressure. And in some cases, simple modifications to postures make others more beneficial for high blood pressure. This is why learning personalised yoga asanas, tailored to suit your body and its specific needs is crucial.
Note: External Ayurvedic medical advice and treatment by a certified Ayurveda practitioner is highly recommended for individuals with High Blood Pressure to provide crucial dietary, lifestyle, herbal and detoxification assistance.
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BPsych(Hons) & Registered Yoga Teacher
My aim is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual using a holistic, mind-body model of wellness. I take a philosophical, person-centred approach as I work together with the client to uncover the underlying issue at hand. By identifying the root cause of an issue, I believe we can more readily achieve transformative, lasting wellbeing. Based on the premise that every individual is complex and unique; treatment is tailored and personalised to suit the particular physical, mental, emotional and social needs of each individual.
After completing my Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at Queensland University of Technology, I travelled to India where I completed my yoga teacher training course. Since then, I have lived between Brisbane, Byron Bay and Melbourne, working both nationally and internationally to integrate my passions in yoga and psychology.
By layering and melding ancient Eastern Yoga philosophy with more contemporary Western models of psychology, the profound principles buried in each of them become clearer and stronger, and an intensity of effectiveness becomes possible. Using a synergistic blend of techniques from both East and West, I believe deeply transformative, whole-self healing is possible.