Yoga for Healthy Aging: Yoga Tools to Keep Your Blood Pressure Balanced

Course Info

Class Length:
Two One Hour Sessions Plus Yoga Practices
All Levels
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Baxter Bell

Baxter Bell Baxter Bell, MD, E-RYT 500 fell in love with yoga in 1993 while he was working full-time as a family physician. His appreciation for the potential of yoga for fostering health, healing, and equanimity was so great, he soon stepped down from his medical practice and trained to become a yoga teacher...

High blood pressure is also known as ‘the silent killer,’ because many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure, and only discover it when it’s too late. Unregulated, high blood pressure puts us a higher risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney issues and eye problems.

New guidelines on how to diagnose and treat high blood pressure has changed the thresholds for what is considered high blood pressure. As a result, almost one in two Americans, or 130 million people, are expected to be diagnosed with high blood pressure.

The new guidelines also put increased focus on diet and exercise emphasizing the critical importance of physical activity and nutrition for both preventing and treating high blood pressure. The guidelines were based on a review of more than 900 studies on high blood pressure. 

In this online course, Dr. Baxter Bell will discuss the new guidelines, and explain why maintaining normal blood pressure is such an essential part of healthy aging. Yoga can be a great tool for preventing high blood pressure from ever developing. Even if high blood pressure has already developed, yoga can be an essential tool for regulating high blood pressure, because it offers both effective exercise and stress management, addressing two of the leading risk factors for high blood pressure.

Baxter will review the most relevant research on how yoga tools can help support healthy blood pressure and in some cases bring high blood pressure down towards normal. He then goes more deeply into the specific tools and practices you can bring into your home practice keep you blood pressure balanced. 

What You Will Learn

  • How yoga can help prevent high blood pressure and how to get the most benefits

  • If you have pre-hypertension or have been diagnosed with stage 1, how does yoga help?

  • What does the research say about when yoga is helpful and when not?

  • How can we integrate yoga as an adjunct to recommendations prescribed by our medical doctor?

  • Which key practices and yoga poses are particularly useful for different stages of hypertension

  • How to practice at home to prevent hypertension or stage 1 or 2 hypertension

  • For people with stage 3 or 4 hypertension (as classified under the new guidelines), which yoga poses should be avoided and which are safe poses everyone can use?

This Premium Course Also Includes These Bonuses!

  • Yoga Practice Videos: Enjoy two yoga practice videos created for this course.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions (both MP3 and MP4), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course qualifies for 2.5 non-contact hour CEUs with Yoga Alliance.