Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is prevalent among African Americans.

According to recent federal data, heart disease being the No. 1 killer of all Americans, with stroke as another leading cause of death. Even as disturbing as those facts are, the risk of suffering from those diseases is even higher for African Americans.

This makes exercise all the more important. Yoga is an excellent tool for improving cardiovascular health and relieving stress.

Try a few of our favorite yoga poses to lower blood pressure.

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