Did you know that there are many benefits of Yoga for Heart Health? As per Center for Disease Control and Prevention more than 600,000 people are victims of heart disease in the United States every year. Few of the key causes include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking not to mention stress, anxiety, lack of physical activity etc.
The American Heart Association recommends lifestyle choices and changes such as healthy eating, proper exercise, and meditation to improve overall heart health or to even reverse the symptoms of heart disease. For overall cardiovascular health, the AHA recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic workouts about 5-days a week (American Heart Association: Yoga and Heart Health). Although there are many physical activities that one should be careful of, if you have a heart condition, yoga is a physical practice that is both physically challenging and mentally beneficial for relaxation and concentration.
Yoga is a practice of stretching or “yokeing” the body and spirit together. The practice has steadily evolved over thousands of years and is practiced worldwide by people of all ages and athletic ability. Yoga is also recognized for being very beneficial for your cardiovascular health, improving the respiratory function, heart rate, blood circulation and many more. Several techniques that illustrate Yoga for Heart Health is demonstrated in the following DVD: Wild Divine Meditation.
Yoga is not just a physical practice but mentally stimulating practice that can improve your overall physical health and calm your mind in a positive way. There are many styles and practices of yoga; however, it is most often expressed in “poses.”
The Following Poses are Good Examples of How Yoga for Heart Health is Practiced.
Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
Padangusthasana helps in strengthening the thighs and stretches the hamstrings, calves etc. It is also considered best for calming the hyperactive brain, get rid of stress, cut down anxiety level and heal mild depression as well. The pose benefits people who are suffering from high blood pressure as it can cut down the fluctuation and enable proper balance. This is demonstrated on the following Pure Yoga DVD.
Jinu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Forward Bend)
A sitting posture, Head to Kneed Forward Bend fortifies the spinal cord, hamstrings, shoulders, and groin area. It also cuts symptoms of fatigue, alleviates headaches, sleeplessness and calms the brain.
Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose)
It stretches the hips, groins, calves, thighs and builds up the knees. This is one of the best postures for cutting risks of arthritis, backache, sciatica etc.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
This pose not only tones down the mind but also gets rid of depression or stress levels. It primarily focuses on the chest, neck and spinal area. Bridge pose also works wonders for the abdominal organs, lungs, thyroid etc. Few of the benefits of this pose include eliminating fatigue, insomnia, headache, backache etc. while stabilizing the blood pressure levels.
It is also equally important to focus on the eating habits while doing yoga and meditation as it can impact your body and mind on a great level.
- Foods to eat – normal food that are less in fat and carb but rich in fibers (fruits and vegetables)
- Foods to avoid – Non-veg, dairy products (skimmed milk is an exception), rice, oily and spicy foods, refined foods, preserved foods, salt and sugary foods
You need not cut out on non-vegetarian food abruptly as this can lead you to break out eventually. Just take it slow so as to remind yourself the benefits of yoga and the underlying reason for eliminating non-vegetarian foods while on Yoga.