Yoga for your Heart
As per a survey coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in this world. Now, researchers have shown us that yoga and meditation both help in the reduction of blood pressure. Lowering the pulse rate, improving the elasticity of the arteries, regulating the heart rhythm and increasing the heart's stroke volume. In today's society, stress plays a major role in heart disease. When stressed, your heart rate and blood pressure rises, which in turn, releases stress hormones. These stress hormones can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels, especially during prolonged or repeated exposures.
The factor that contributes heavily to heart disease is stress. Situations which are highly stressful increase the heart rate and blood pressure. The stress hormones get released during a stressful situation; extended or recurrent exposure of these hormones can injure the heart and the blood vessels. Yoga promotes a relaxed state of mind and body and is also widely known for playing a vital role in reduction of stress hormones, decreasing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
Yoga is widely known for its ability to reduce stress and promote a calm, relaxed state. This state reduces the stress hormone levels, decreases the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure. All of these benefits control and prevent heart disease. Breathing influences the rhythm of the heart through inner connections in the central nervous system. It is this lengthening of the breath that slows the heart rate and regulates the heart rhythm. The blood becomes oxygenated and feelings of calm and well-being are induced in your body.
Since because of these positive effects on the human body, specific types of yoga postures can be used to control and prevent heart disease:
- Upper back-bending poses open the chest to improve heart function and respiration.
- Side-bending poses in opening of the energy channels of the liver, gallbladder and heart to help remove physical and energetic blockages in the heart and chest.
- Spine lengthening poses promote good posture to reduce compression on the heart and lungs and to facilitate proper functioning of the heart.
- Shavasana (corpse or resting pose) is deeply calming and has been shown to reduce high blood pressure in just a few weeks.
- Inversions help rest the heart muscle and improve blood circulation.
(Note: Inversions are contraindicated with un-medicated high blood pressure.)
Findings have now showed that you can reduce blood pressure, pulse and overall risk of heart disease by simply practicing yoga at least three times a week. As for meditation, it is well-known for its ability to calm the mind and reduce stress. It can also reduce heart-harmful emotions, such as anxiety, hostility and hopelessness. Studies show that a daily meditation practice can reduce the amount of fatty deposits in your arteries, as well as lower blood pressure.
Heart Disease can be controlled and prevented by using specific types of Yogic Asanas (Postures). The chest can be opened up to improve respiration and functioning of the heart by using the upper back- bending postures. The side bending yogic postures has been shown to help remove the physical and energetic blockages in the heart and chest. In order to promote the functioning of the heart, compression of the heart and lungs through a good posture is required and also spine lengthening yogic poses.
In addition to various types of asanas yogic pranayam is also very much beneficial in various types of cardiac conditions. Along with meditation.