3. Yoga May Lower Blood Pressure
Long-term high blood pressure can weaken your heart and damage blood vessel walls, causing plaque to build up and potentially narrow or block arteries. This is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke. While poor diet and lack of exercise are major risk factors, “we know there’s an element of stress involved in high blood pressure,” says Dr. McCall. A 2012 review published in the journal Holistic Nursing Practice suggests that yoga practice may be an effective treatment for high blood pressure because of its ability to decrease the body’s response to stress.