Our expert says:
Hi itexpert - the short answer is yes - yoga will help greatly not only from a physical but also mental and stress reduction perspective, particularly when there is a strong focus on breath control. You should check with your doctor about your individual case, but standard medical advice for people whose blood pressure is high, is to engage in exercise and other healthy activities that a person with normal blood pressure would do, such as the running you are doing. “Yoga offers practical tools to short-circuit the stress reflex. Documented benefits include a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and blood sugar.” Dr Herbert Benson (Harvard Medical School) who also states that stress is the cause of 60 to 90% of doctor visits. The relaxation response also boosts the immune system so its time to start!
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