*PLEASE NOTE* - You should consult your medical doctor before beginning any course of exercise. The information below is not a substitute for advice from a medical professional. Please use proper discretion if you choose to undertake these exercises and techniques. Also, this information pertains only to people whose high blood pressure is regulated by medication. If your high blood pressure is not yet under control, please make sure that is done first prior to engaging in the practice below. Sample Postures (pictures found onYogaJournal.com) • What is high blood pressure? • As the heart pumps blood through our arteries, the blood exerts a pressure on the walls of the arteries. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 and lower. Anything above that is considered too high to be healthfully sustained and is usually treated with medication to lower it. • How does yoga help manage high blood pressure? • Because yoga can effectively lower stress level and there is some correlation (direct and indirect) between stress and high blood pressure, yoga can be an effective tool in managing the condition. The mindfulness cultivated by a regular yoga and meditation practice helps cultivate healthy habits – a better diet, more exercise, deeper personal reflection, and strong relationships with others – that are also effective methods of lowering blood pressure. • What yoga postures should you avoid if you have high blood pressure? • Avoid deep backbends • Keep the head above the heart • Avoid poses that are very strenuous Yoga for High Blood Pressure Head to Knee Easy Seat Happy Baby Seated Forward Bend Reclining Big Toe Final Relaxation Pose Created by Compass Yoga. http://compassyoga.com. Compass Yoga expressly disclaims responsibility for any adverse effects that may result from the use or application of this information.