Heart disease is a major cause of death worldwide, and what’s worse is that there is no age that determines heart illnesses. Nowadays, even people in their 20s and 30s can have serious heart problems.
The good news is that lots can be done about this: a healthy diet, regular physical activity, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking as well as junk foods and sugary foods can do great things for your health. But if you’re someone who has a high risk for heart disease or you already suffer from some minor heart issues, it’s good to go a step further and try – yoga.
Yoga for Heart Health
Yoga is an ancient healing and spiritual practice that can help your body heal from various health problems, including heart problems. Yoga is an excellent preventative measure but it can also be a part of a curative treatment.
Because in yoga we do a lot of stretching and relaxing while focusing on breathing, this type of exercise is great for our respiratory system and heart. Doing yoga regularly can:
- Improve heart rate,
- Lower blood pressure,
- Boost blood circulation,
- Lower bad cholesterol,
- Help us deal with stress.
Recent studies have shown that yoga can improve the health of our arteries, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. To really make the most of yoga, you should practice it regularly, paying special attention to two yoga poses – Paschimottanasana and Padangusthasana.
This pose increases flexibility, helps you clear your mind and improves heart rate.
Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Bend from your waist to touch your toes, keeping your head raised. Breathe deeply and slowly. Stay in the pose for 2-3 minutes.
Improve your heart health and flexibility with Padangusthasana pose.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and bend from your waist down, trying to touch your toes. Draw your belly in, breathe deeply and touch your toes if possible. Stay in the pose for 2-3 minutes, breathing slowly and deeply.