Yoga for cardiac health

So many people are affected with heart disease, and studies have shown that over 600,000 people die from heart disease only in the United States of America alone. Our food pattern, poor body conditions, and exercise schedules all affect our hearts health. Stress can also be a significant role in heart diseases. In today’s world, people hardly give any attention to their health and diet, they work hard and do not focus on their health. There are many cases where people are under high pressure and stress, and this can affect their heart conditions. Previously people who were more than 40 years of age were said to have more chances of getting heart diseases. But these days, young people under the age of 40 are also affected with heart diseases; this is mainly due to stress, poor food habits, and no exercises.

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which was originated in India way back in the Vedic Period. It is considered as the one of the best practice to calm yourself and also make your body fit both mentally and physically. Initially, it was popular in India and some of the South-Asian countries, later due to its health benefits it became famous all over the world, and people started working towards making yoga known to everyone in various ways.

The following are some of the yoga poses you can do to reduce your risk of getting a heart disease:

  • Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose.
  • Janu Sirsasana A: Head-to-Knee Forward Bend.
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Bridge Pose.


Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose:

For the Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose you need to stand with your feet apart. Make sure that the space between your feet is the size of your hip. Then slowly inhale and when you exhale bend down to grab the tip of your toe. Pull your belly in and allow your neck and head to relax. Hold in this position for about 5 to 10 seconds or breath cycles and get back to position. The Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose is an excellent pose for relaxing the head and reducing blood pressure and depression.


Janu Sirsasana A: Head-to-Knee Forward Bend:

Sit on the ground and extend your leg forward in a 90 degree angle. Grab the foot which is extended with your hands. Now you need to inhale and exhale while lengthening your spine and chest. You must make sure that your back is flat and not round. The Janu Sirsasana A: Head-to-Knee Forward Bend stretches your spine and shoulders. It relives your stress and calms you down.

 Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Bridge Pose:

You need to lie on your back and bend you knee and your feet must be on the floor with some space in-between. Slowly inhale and press your feet and arms into the ground and push your body upwards. Hold in this position for five to ten breath cycles and then slowly get back to position while exhaling. This pose stretches your neck, spine, and calms your brain.


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