Thanks for linking to the article about yoga and low blood pressure. My BP is at the very, very low end of 'average.' I practice in a hot studio. Like the article says, going from Standing Forward Bend into standing upright with my hands up to the sky and looking up at the ceiling, which we do a couple of times at the beginning of every practice, I often feel more than dizzy. I am unstable and grab the wall so as not to fall over. After that, the rest of my practice is not greatly affected. I just need to set my mat up beside a wall. When my BP dips below average, merely attempting to get off the couch, to transition from sitting to standing is tricky. I can only guess that practicing yoga would be very challenging.
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It may depend upon people, but here is what I have trouble with: Sun salutations. The movements from up to down to up again are just too fast. I need to be breathing very deeply, inhale and come up very slowly--sometimes two or three breath cycles. So if I am coming up from a standing forward bend of any type, I BREATHE and go slow, slow, slow. Sometimes I just cannot come straight up, say, from down dog and I will go on hands and knees, neutral back for a second first. And "jumping back" or "jumping forward" during practice always make me dizzy. So I skip that and move slowly. Also I have trouble with lying-back poses with my head low like fish pose, and this morning I was doing a yin program and got loopy coming up after a long saddle pose. So for me, I can do poses but have to slow down the movement. Can mess with a flow. Wish all videos and teachers came with a "wait, I'm dizzy" pause button. LOL
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Legs-up-the-wall provides some benefits for LBP. You can check all the poses and decide what to do or if you have the opportunity to talk to a certified Yoga instructor he/she could advise or design even a practice for you. Take care. Listen to your body.
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I'm excited to be part of this team and slowly grow into a regular practice. I love what yoga does for my mind and body awareness, in particular. I do have low blood pressure, so coming up from poses like Downward Dog can be problematic for me. Does anyone else have this issue? Do you do a modified pose, or child's pose? Would love to get more ideas!
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