“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”― B.K.S Iyengar
Yoga for a Healthy Heart – 4 Yoga Asanas to Lead a Stress-Free Life
Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. The rate of death has continuously been soaring in India since the 1990s, killing more than 1.3 million in 1900, eventually increasing to 2.8 million in 2016. Despite the exaggerating numbers, the rate of death is alarmingly escalating due to unhealthy habits – consuming high-cholesterol food, chugging alcohol, smoking, living a stressful life, etc.
Living a sedentary life is a primary cause of morbidity such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, hypertension, obesity, etc. Hence, it is unambiguous that physical inactivity is the major culprit of starting an unhealthy lifestyle, leading to various diseases. So, what can we do to live a healthy life? The answer is Yoga!
Yoga is an exceptional physical activity, a combination of gentle exercises, stretching and mindfulness which is not only concerned with physical maintenance but also, mental. It focuses on a body’s natural ability to maintain a perfect balance by focusing on breathing and meditation.
5 Health Benefits of Yoga You Should Know
Yoga can promote healthy heart in many ways starting with reducing risk factors like cholesterol, blood pressure which are responsible for heart disease. According to a 2018 study, people who actively participated in Yoga exhibited lower cholesterol level followed by normal blood pressure and even, ideal BMI (Body Mass Index) — interested in starting Yoga? Here are 4 yoga asanas to lead a stress-free life.
Mountain pose, also known as Tadasana, is a great yoga asana which involves standing. It is basically a starting position which is the foundation of all other standing asanas. It allows the body to integrate the involvement of the next asanas. You can improve your posture, strengthen your vertebral column and heart with this asana.
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves stress
- Improves digestion
- Refreshes and rejuvenates mind and body
Also, known as Trikonasana is another standing asana which involves two parts – facing left and right. In this asana, it is required to keep your eyes open to maintain a perfect body balance. It is one of the best asanas for getting rid of backaches and stiffness in the legs.
- Improves functions of abdominal organs
- Relieves anxiety and neck pain
- Maintains physical and mental equilibrium
- Increases stamina
Warrior Pose known as Virabhadrasana is a lunging standing asana which is designed to explore a yogi’s mythical warrior. It has been described as “easily one of the most iconic and recognizable postures”. It has been observed that it is quite beneficial for sedentary jobs that involve sitting and working for prolonged hours.
- Strengthens arms, back and legs
- Increases stamina
- Improves good circulation and respiration
- Encourages excellent body balance
Downward Dog Pose
Adho Mukha Shvanasana commonly referred to as downward dog pose is a particular part of Surya Namaskar (The Salute to the Sun) is the most practised asana often depicted in movies and literature. It is known to “awaken the flow of aliveness” according to yoga instructor Anner Cushman’s book “Moving into Meditation.”
- Improves over all digestion
- Therapeutic for high blood pressure
- Improves blood flow to the brain
- Increasing lung capacity
Note: Those with high blood pressure should not hold this pose for more than 30 seconds.
Yoga can unquestionably calm your mind and body. The feeling of relaxation is truly awe-inspiring since it gradually eliminates stress.
Life is full of peaks and valleys, but don’t let it disturb your healthy heart. Try the yoga asanas as mentioned in this article and see the results for yourself. Be stress-free and take a break from the hustle and bustle of your busy life.
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