Yoga Lowers Blood Pressure…

High blood pressure contributes to many medical problems including heart attacks, kidney failure, and strokes. Activation of the stress response elevates blood pressure via such mechanisms as constricting arteries, conserving salt and fluids, and increasing the contractile force of the heart muscle. The exercise and the weight loss that commonly accompanies regular yoga practice also tend to independently reduce blood pressure. Yogic relaxation, in particular, appears to be effective. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

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