Meditation and Yoga for Hypertension
NEW START AND END DATES---FIRST SESSION MARCH 12---LAST SESSION APRIL 30
Yoga has demonstrated evidence that it can reduce blood pressure by clinically significant amounts (Cohen and Hagins, 2016).
This 5 session workshop will focus on tools of yoga that help reduce blood pressure by increasing activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and decreasing activation of the sympathetic nervous system.
Each week will include a brief discussion of one type of yoga practice; meditation, gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Following the discussion, we will have a 60-minute practice that focuses on one of these areas. I will introduce several options so you can find one that works for you. During the final session, you will develop your own practice tailored to your specific needs.
Each class will include handouts that describe the day's exercises and additional resources you may find helpful. There will be time at the beginning and end of class to discuss your experiences with other participants.
Please come dressed in comfortable clothing. I will provide mats, but feel free to bring your own.
I will be contacting each participant prior to the first session to discuss their pertinent health issues and confirm that the workshop is appropriate for them. In addition, participants will complete a short questionnaire before the start of each session to track the effectiveness of the workshop.
All health information will be kept strictly confidential and de-identified to product confidentiality.
Feel free to use the contact form on the home page to ask any additional questions. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Cohen, D.L., & Hagins, M. (2016). Yoga therapy for hypertension. In S.B.S. Khalsa, L. Cohen, T. McCall & S. Telles (Eds.), The principles and practice of yoga in health care (pp. 299-315). East Lothian, UK: Handspring Publishing Limited.