Can yoga heal your heart? In many yoga classes, you might hear phrases like heart-opening and lifting your heart, but we now have scientific studies showing that yoga actually improves heart health and benefits the cardiovascular system as a whole.
What sets yoga apart from many other physical activities is that it incorporates movement, breathwork, and meditation, all of which benefit the cardiovascular system. By moving, stretching and strengthening muscles, blood sugar is regulated, increasing insulin sensitivity the key to fat loss and long term heart health. Today’s world continuously over stimulates and stresses the nervous system chronically elevating cortisol, the hormone responsible for breaking down cells for energy in life or death situations. Cortisol is essential in certain circumstances; however, elevated levels over long periods restricts blood flow, raises blood pressure, and strains the heart. One of the most effective ways to manage stress is deep breathing techniques which activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest, digest, and repair mode for our bodies. Mediation taught in yoga classes relaxes and calms both body and mind reducing stress and anxiety, substantial risk factors in heart disease, and almost all other illnesses. By learning and mastering techniques taught in yoga, we can reduce the effect of chronic stress and lower blood pressure both essential to a healthy heart.
Yoga and breath awareness has been shown to:
We at A Place To Heal, utilize movement, breathing techniques, and meditation to create a unique synergy, dramatically improving your cardiovascular health and well being.