YOGA AND HEART HEALTH

Contributed by Dr. Priya Chudgar

Yoga emphasizes on breath, focus and meditation. Apart from building awareness of your mind and body, yoga also helps heart health by boosting blood circulation, keeping blood pressure in check and relieving stress.

Every yoga pose has a particular effect on the respiratory system and therefore, affects the heart. The benefits include:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Increase lung capacity.
  • Lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Improved heart rate
  • Boost blood circulation.

Yoga is effective in dealing with stress and pressure. That, itself, can heal a heart patient.

These are few asanas which help to improve health of cardiovascular system

  • BOW POSE OR DHANURASANA

For this pose, lie down on the ground on your stomach and place your hands beside you with your palms facing downwards. Now fold your legs with your thighs still on the ground and lift your arms up. Now hold your ankles with your hand and pull up your upper torso as much as possible. Let your head fall back and look up at the sky. Now inhale and exhale deeply, being aware of every breath you take and letting the air cleanse you from insides. Hold this position for a minute or longer, if comfortable.

  • BRIDGE POSE OR SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA

For this pose, lie down on your back on the floor with your hands by your side facing downwards. Fold your legs with your knees up and place your foot firmly on the ground. Now lift your hips up in the air and hold your ankles with your hand. Make sure your chest and neck are still on the ground. Now inhale and exhale deeply, being aware of every breath you take and letting the air cleanse you from insides. Hold this position for a minute or longer, if comfortable.

  • COBRA POSE OR BHUJHANGASANA

Cobra Pose or Bhujhangasana, lie down on the ground on your stomach and place your hands beside you with your palms facing downwards. Now place your palms beside your chest firmly touching the ground. Now apply equal pressure to both your palms and lift your body up. Make sure your stomach is still on the ground and your toes are lying flat on the ground. Let your head fall back and look up at the sky. Now inhale and exhale deeply, being aware of every breath you take and letting the air cleanse you from insides. Hold this position for a minute or longer, if comfortable.

  • EASY POSE OR SUKHASANA

For this pose, you need to take a seated position and place your toes on your thighs interlocking your legs together. Now place your hands on your knees and close your eyes. Keep your body straight and your spine erect. Now inhale and exhale deeply, being aware of every breath you take and letting the air cleanse you from insides. Hold this position for at least 15 minutes or longer, if comfortable.

  • TRIANGLE POSE OR TRIKONASANA

The Triangle Pose or Trikonasana, stand up on the ground and spread your legs wide. Now touch your right ankle with your right hand and line your left hand with your shoulder straight up in the air. Now inhale and exhale deeply, being aware of every breath you take and letting the air cleanse you from insides. Hold this position for a minute or longer, if comfortable. Release and do the same on the left side.

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