Yoga for heart diseases

atheroscleroticHeart diseases


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term that describes a disease of the heart or blood vessels.

There are four main types of CVD:

•           coronary heart disease

•           stroke

•           peripheral arterial disease

•           aortic disease



Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK’s biggest killer, causing around 82,000 deaths each year. About one in five men and one in eight women die from the disease but from the age of 50 the chances of developing CHD are similar for men and women. CHD is sometimes called ischemic heart disease.


Why does coronary heart disease happen?


Coronary heart disease happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.

Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis. This leads to high blood pressure or restricted blood flow to organs and may result in stroke or heart attacks.

What are the possible ways of reducing your risk of CVD?

         Practice yoga regularly

         Maintain healthy weight, blood pressure (below 130/80 mmHg) and sugar levels ( 3.5–5.5mmol/ before meals).

         Stop smoking.

         Eat a healthy balanced diet. Avoid bad cholesterol in food and replace it by good cholesterol.

         Take your medication regularly as prescribed by your doctor

         Have regular medical examinations at least once a year.


Why yoga is very important in Heart diseases?

Yoga therapy helps in prevention, rehabilitation and reducing present heart problems. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, and improve respiratory function and heart rate, boost circulation and muscle tone. Yoga can be helpful in decreasing cholesterol levels, obesity, cardiac arrhythmias, palpitation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and controlling diabetes. Yoga is an amazing rehabilitation tool for heart attacks and bypass surgery.

 Why do we get these changes with Yoga therapy?

It is an attitudinal change at the psychological level which is taught through yoga. To deal with CHD, one can see that it requires a total change in one’s attitude to refrain totally from smoking, change the food habits, and lead a stress free life. Normally this forced life style change which is usually practiced after an event of CHD could become a cause for stress and suppression. Here yoga recommends a basic change in our attitude towards right living by providing knowledge and logical back up and promotes to lead a life of moderation with control over one’s behavioural pattern.

 Useful yoga practices-

Practice all movements slowly and with breathing awareness.

Pavanmuktasana (the wind relieving pose)

Ardh Katichakrasana(half waist rotation)

Bhujangasana(prefer baby cobra)


Garur asana (eagle pose)

Shavasana(corpse pose)

Alternative nostril breathing

Sheetali pranayam

Bhramri pranayam



Surya Namaskar, Sarwangasana, Halasana, Shirshasana (Head stand) & its variations and fast breathing.

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