“Yoga will boost your heart health! The heart wants to stretch, breathe, move and dance and yoga helps you do that.
When you enter a typical yoga class you will often hear some reference to the heart. Backbends are often referred to as “ heart openers.” You will hear things like “lift your heart” or “shine your heart forward.” Many teachers will talk about the heart chakra, which is the energy center in the middle of your chest. This kind of metaphysical heart-language is common in yoga classes but rarely do teachers talk about the benefits of yoga on balancing the cardiovascular system.
In December 2015 the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology published a review of yoga and cardiovascular disease indicating that yoga may help lower heart disease risk as much as conventional exercise, such as brisk walking. Exercise that increases your heart rate like cardio, isn’t the only kind of physical activity that can help prevent or manage heart disease. The calming, centering, integrating exercise of yoga is good for the heart too. Combine aerobic exercise and yoga and you get even more benefits. “
Excerpt from Yoga of the Heart in the book Resilient Heart.
There are so many yoga videos on YouTube that you can start out with a 10 minute, easy practice and build up to 30 minutes or an hour from there. Even 10 minutes a day will make a difference.
All the paintings in this series of heart healthy tips is from my series of 35 paintings to heal my heart.