According to a study on yoga and cardiovascular disease that was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, practicing yoga lowers the risk of heart disease. [Source:health.harvard.edu]
Yoga is a unique exercise as it combines exercise breathing, and meditation, each of which has a positive impact on cardiovascular risk factors.[Source:health.harvard.edu]
Performing different yoga postures gently stretches and exercises muscles, which results in increased insulin sensitivity which is important for controlling blood sugar levels and reducing risk factors for heart disease.[Source:health.harvard.edu]
Another important feature of yoga is meditation, which calms the mind, and nervous system and reduces stress, and improves overall health.[Source:health.harvard.edu]
Yoga involves deep breathing that helps in lowering blood pressure levels and improving heart health.[Source:health.harvard.edu]
Yoga improves heart rate variability, which is a measure of how well the heart responds to changes in the environment.[Source:National Library of Medicine]
Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, which have a positive impact on heart health.
All of these factors help prevent heart disease and help people with cardiovascular problems.[Source:health.harvard.edu]