Yoga for Healthy Heart
“Pranayama helps improve cardiac function and lung capacity. It regularises the rhythm of the heart. The rhythmic disturbance of the heart can be prevented by reducing ‘sympathetic tone’. It also improves oxygenation of the blood.”
Several trials have found that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rates, and help slow the progression of atherosclerosis—all risk factors for heart disease.
While almost any exercise is good for the heart, experts speculate yoga’s meditative component may give it an extra boost by helping to stabilize the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels that, when irritated, contributes to cardiovascular disease. Since the lining is reactive to stress, and meditation can lower stress hormones, yoga may be causing a cascade of events that could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.