Yoga Volunteers for Hypertension / Heart Disease Part 1

By Dr B R Ramakrishna|Dr Ranjitha R   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 406

This course gives you an overview of what is hypertension and role of Yoga in reducing the blood pressure through reducing stress. Yoga is an effective adjunct therapy in hypertensive populations. This session also covers the prevalence, incidence, pathophysiology, stress, basic concept of yoga in understanding the disease process, mechanism of actions of yoga and techniques of yoga specifically for hypertensive patients. We will also cover evidence based studies on Yoga and hypertension.     

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Aug 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 20 Sep 2023
Exam Date :

Page Visits

Course layout

Course Layout:

Week 1

o Module 1: What is Hypertension? Increasing Burden of Hypertension 

o Module 2: Etiology & Risk factor of Hypertension 

Week 2

o Module 3: Anatomy of Blood Vessels 

o Module 4: Physiology of Blood Vessels 

Week 3

o Module 5: Pathophysiology of Hypertension

o Module 6: Stress and Hypertension 

Week 4

o Module 7: Lifestyle & Hypertension  

o Module 8: Management of Hypertension

Week 5

o Module 9: Holistic approach of Yoga therapy -1

o Module 10: Holistic approach of Yoga therapy - 2 

Week 6

o Module 11: Role of Nutrition in Hypertension 

o Module 12: Yoga techniques

Week 7

o Module 13: Concept of Stress and Genesis of Illness 

o Module 14: An overview of Research on Hypertension

Yoga Protocol

Week 8: 

o Module 15: Shaktivikasakas (Strengthening of fingers stage Ⅰ stage Ⅱ, Strengthening of Wrist- stage Ⅰ stage Ⅱ, Strengthening of shoulders)

o Module 16: Shaktivikasakas  (Chest shaktivikasakas, Calf strengthening exercises)

o Module 17: Breathing Practices Ⅰ {Hands Stretch (stage Ⅰ, stage Ⅱ, stage Ⅲ), Hands In-Out Breathing, Ankle stretch breathing}

Week 9: 

o Module 18: Breathing Practices Ⅱ (Tiger breathing, Rabbit breathing, Bhujangasana Breathing)

o Module 19: Breathing Practices Ⅲ (Straight leg raise breathing, Sethubandhasana Lumbar stretch, Side bending)

o Module 20: Loosening Exercises - Ⅰ (Wrist- flexion, extension & rotation; Elbow- flexion & extension, Shoulder rotation stage Ⅰ stage Ⅱ).

Week 10: 

o Module 21: Loosening Exercises - Ⅱ {Drill walking, Padasanchalana (Stage Ⅰ, stage Ⅱ)}

o Module 22: Relaxation Technique Ⅰ (Instant Relaxation Technique, Quick relaxation technique)

o Module 23: Relaxation Technique Ⅱ (Deep Relaxation technique) 

Week 11: 

o Module 24: Asana Ⅰ (Ardhakatichakrasana, Trikonasana, Vrukshasana)

o Module 25: Asana Ⅱ (Garudasana, Bhujangasana, Vakrasana)

o Module 26: Asana Ⅲ (Ardhamatsyendrasana, Gomukhasana, Ushtrasana)

Week 12

o Module 27: Asana Ⅳ (Vajrasana, Setu bandhasana, siddhasana)

o Module 28: Chair Suryanamaskara

o Module 29: Vibhagiya Pranayama

Week 13

o Module 30: Pranayama Ⅰ (Nadishuddhi, Brahmari, Ujjayi)

o Module 31: Pranayama Ⅱ (Cooling Pranayama - Sheetali, Seetkari & Sadanta)

o Module 32: Pranayama Ⅲ {Nadanusandhana (AA kara chanting, UU kara chanting, MM kara chanting, AUM kara chanting)}

Week 14

o Module 33: Om Meditation 

o Module 34: MSRT Ⅰ 

o Module 35: MSRT Ⅱ 

Week 15

o Module 36: Cyclic Meditation I 

o Module 37: Cyclic Meditation Ⅱ 

Week 16

o Module 38: Overall IAYT module for Hypertension I 

o Module 39: Overall IAYT module for Hypertension Ⅱ

o Module 40: Overall IAYT module for Hypertension III

Books and references

Dr R Nagarathna, Dr HR Nagendra, D. S. P. S. P. (1986). Nagendra HR. New perspectives in stress management. - Google Scholar. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana; 3rd Edition. 
Dr R Nagarathna, D. H. N. (n.d.). Integrated approach of yoga therapy for positive health - Google Scholar. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana; 3rd Edition. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
Nagendra, D. H. R. (n.d.). Yoga its basis and applications, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana; 3rd Edition.
Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR. Yoga for hypertension and heart diseases.
Monro RD, Nagarathna R, Ford-Kohne N. Yoga for common ailments. Fireside; 1990.

Instructor bio

Dr B R Ramakrishna 

He is a Vice-chancellor of S-VYASA Yoga University, Prashanthi Kuteeram, Bangalore. He is a distinguished and eminent speaker with more than 40 years of experience in the  Integrative Medicine Practice (Ayurveda, Modern System of Medicine, Yoga & Naturopathy) and also has 20 years of research experience including both UG & PG studies. He is a role model for all health care practitioners in the field of Integrative Medicine. He has been Awarded Gold Medal & Karnataka State Award for topping the University. He has conducted Ayurveda & Yoga Workshops at Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, France, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Guided PG Dissertations, PhD Thesis, Published Papers, written scientific papers and delivered Lectures on the topics of Ayurveda & Yoga at National and International levels.

Dr Ranjitha R 

She is a specialist in Yoga and Naturopathy with an experience of 4 years. She has completed her BNYS, MD (Yoga Therapy) from  SVYASA University. She is the Physician in charge of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Arogyadhama Holistic health care center. She has expertise in treating many patients with lifestyle illnesses through a holistic approach. Also conducts numerous counseling sessions for various psychiatric patients. Currently working as an Assistant Professor at SVYASA university. 

Course certificate

Grading Policy:
There will be (a) Internal Assessment and (b) Final Exam.

Internal Assessment: This will carry 30% weightage. MCQs for all the Weeks 
Final Exam: This will carry 70% weightage.  The final exam will have questions from all the weeks.

Passing Marks:
You will be eligible for a certificate only if you score a minimum of 50% in the Internal Assessment and a minimum of 50% in the Final Exam. 
Final Examination:

Type of exam: Computer-based proctored exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency
Exam Center: You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and take the exam in person. (You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the admit card (hall ticket)).
Admit Card: You can download the Admit card (Hall ticket) around one week before the exam. 

QP Pattern: All the questions will be in the format of MCQs. 

MHRD logo Swayam logo


Goto google play store