Yoga poses to avoid if you have high blood pressure

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Yoga has amazing benefits, such as increased flexibility, better concentration, less stress, stronger bones and muscles, and much more. But for some people with certain conditions, yoga needs to be practiced with extra safety.

Some poses should be avoided if you have high blood pressure and are new to the practice of yoga. This free 30-day Meditation could be a great practice to try if you have high blood pressure and want to start a nourishing new daily routine. You will soon notice the benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.

Yoga and High Blood pressure

One in four people has high blood pressure, which is caused by the excessive force of the blood on the artery walls. It is important that people with high blood pressure never allow their heads to dip below their hearts when inverted.

For people with high blood pressure, it is also recommended to avoid classes that are too intense or rooms with excessive heat (like Bikram-style yoga).

Inversions are the worst yoga poses for people with high blood pressure. Inversions are dangerous because they increase the risk of stroke when the head is placed below the heart.

If you find yourself holding your breath or breathing rapidly, this is a sign that the pose may be too difficult or that you should back off.

Before starting any practice, you should always consult your doctor to determine if you suffer from high blood pressure. Listen to your breath and body. Proceed with caution. Stop and rest if you feel dizzy or faint.

Here are some yoga poses that you should avoid at all costs if you suffer from high blood pressure.


Headstands are dangerous for those with high blood pressure because they cause the blood to rush into the head.

Forearm Stand

The same reason as the headstand.

Shoulder Stand

The same reason applies to all inversions.


Inversion and a stance of rigidity.

Downward Facing dog

For some, it’s ok to play it by ear. However, for others with high blood pressure, it is not a good idea.

Standing Forward Bends

The head is beneath the heart


The heart rate can be elevated too quickly if you are too vigorous.

Additional Tips

Keep your head raised when seated in forward folds. You can practice lunges and warriors as well as side triangles, extended angles, eagles, trees, and legs on the wall. This is an easy way to invert your legs.

I would also recommend Downward Dog on a wall, with the heart and head in the same direction.

Yoga should be practiced safely by those with high blood pressure. The meditative, restorative, and yin styles are also beneficial. Yoga can be helpful for anyone with high blood pressure.

The pros will always outweigh any cons. You will be fine if you consult your doctor, take a basic class, or find a teacher who can help you modify.

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