Yoga as Medicine: Improving Your Heart Health with a Regular Practice


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. []

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Yoga is a unique exercise as it combines exercise breathing, and meditation, each of which has a positive impact on cardiovascular risk factors.[]

Benefits of Yoga:

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.[]

Impact on diabetes:

Another important feature of yoga is meditation, which calms the mind, and nervous system and reduces stress, and improves overall health.[]

Impact on stress:

Yoga involves deep breathing that helps in lowering blood pressure levels and improving heart health.[]

Impact on Blood pressure:

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]

Impact on Heart Rate Variability:

Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, which have a positive impact on heart health.

Yoga for Heart and Mind:

All of these factors help prevent heart disease and help people with cardiovascular problems.[]