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Yoga and Heart Health

By healthmultiplex, January 8, 2015

Yoga needs no introduction. It is a type of practice that aims at physical, mental and spiritual development. It is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means “to join” and leads to the union of the human body and soul. Yoga origin takes us back to the Vedic times. It’s practice started in India itself, with few yoga gurus, including, Swami Vivekananda forwarded the practice in West. Yoga can not only be considered as physical exercise, having few stretches and twists, but it is much more beyond that. The practice of yoga teaches us the blissful way of living life.

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Yoga includes Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga.All these four elements of Yoga have four different meanings. Yoga comprises of various yoga asanas and complex breathing ways which bring a balance not just in our personal lives, but also inthe lives of people related to us. A few yoga asanas like Padmasana, Vajrasana, Surya Namaskar, Pranayam, Kapal Bharti and last but not the least than or meditation connect us with our inner self and makes us a calmer individual. Yoga disciplines our life, controlling our body and mind. The regular practice of yoga has already shown remarkable response to diseases like cancer, migraines, arthritis and back pains. Yoga for women, who are the backbone of the family, is very important, but it becomes quite challenging for a working woman. A 20 minute meditation schedule can just drastically change your relationship with your husband and children, improves your sexual life and even makes you look attractive. Yoga practice gives a lot of benefit to our body parts including our heart.

A special branch of yoga i.e. cardiac yoga focuses on exercises for a healthy heart. Every yoga posture in a way affects our heart. Yoga postures like tadasana or mountain pose, Vrikshasana or tree pose improves blood circulation in our blood vessels of our heart and strengthen the heart. Beside yoga exercises our lifestyle also in a big way decides a healthy heart. Eating good and lower mind stress lowers the risk of heart diseases. Yoga helps in reducing inflammation and lowers the blood pressure. A regular pranayama i.e. control breathing brings inner peace bringing more oxygen to the blood. Stressful life and in an undying urge to succeed has put a big question mark on our health. We forget that a calmer individual is more efficient at work than a depressed and havoc creating individual.

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