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The statistics on heart disease vary depending on the source, but no matter where you look they are grim: as of 2005, 80 million Americans affected by some form of heart disease. High blood pressure: 73 million; coronary artery disease 16 million; strokes 6 million; and heart failure 5 million. Statistics on emotional heart health either aren't available or reliable, but intuitively, we know that a good portion of the population is depressed, disturbed, or searching for answers to the trials and tribulations of modern life such as loneliness, job dissatisfaction, marital issues, and the challenges of raising children, all of which can lead to stress and anxiety-bad feelings in and of themselves, but also risk factors associated with physical heart disease. If you want to heal your heart physically as well as emotionally, embrace yoga.

Let's Get Physical. Yoga can help you decrease the chance of developing heart disease and, evidence now suggests, help you to reverse it by providing cardiovascular exercise and better oxygen uptake and utilization. Physical "asana" yoga practice can get you in better physical shape aerobically. Not all forms of yoga will get you in the "cardio" range and keep you there the entire time of practice.

Notably, practices such as Ashtanga Yoga or Power Yoga are vigorous and tend to keep your heart rate elevated for long periods of time, getting the heart pumping and oxygen flowing about as well as a step aerobics class might. However, even a gentler, serenity style yoga class can provide periods of heightened heart rate and have this same effect.

In addition, yogic breathing, called ujjayi breath or other forms of yogic breathing, called pranayama, alone likely will improve lung function enough to get more life giving oxygen to the heart even where arteries are partially compromised. In addition to being a form of exercise, yoga makes you more aware of your body and how you treat it, which may lead you to engage in other forms of beneficial exercise and to eat and drink better as well, each promoting greater health in general and less risk of being overweight, which is associated with heart disease.

Chill Out; Relaxation for Type A's. Stress, anxiety, and anger flood the body with cortisol and adrenaline, raising blood pressure and heart rate and potentially inducing a heart attack, especially for someone whose arteries are already clogged. Yoga teaches you to relax, through physical asana practice, yogic breathing, and meditation. All three components engender feelings of compassion for yourself and others and teach you to be grateful for just the ability to be present in the world (even if it's in the middle of the interstate and someone just cut right in front of you without warning). Yoga teaches you to see the big picture. These perspectives can allow you to stave off bouts of anger and equip you to deal with life's stressors so that your system can maintain an equilibrium and not jack up blood pressure and heart rate to the point where it endangers your heart.

Yoga can bring a new attitude of calm acceptance that is more healthy for your heart.If you want to heal your heart physically and emotionally, try yoga. Yoga, including asana practice, yogic breathing, and meditation, leads to better physical conditioning of your bodily systems that affect your heart and helps you to weather the challenges of daily life without stressing out or damaging your heart. Give yoga a try; your heart will be happier and healthier for it. Specialist yoga teacher training should be designed for heart problems.

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Yoga Exercises for Heart Patients

Most yoga teacher training courses don't deal with one specific ailment, but this forum is a huge collective archive of knowledge that I use for research and I'd like to share some information about working with students who have heart problems with the rest of you.

Practicing yoga can help people with heart trouble. There has long been anecdotal evidence of the role yogic exercises can play for heart patients. However, a 2011 study conducted Center for Excellence in Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Mid America Cardiology, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas confirmed yogic movements help patients suffering with atrial fibrillation. The exercises shorten the bouts of irregular heartbeat. They also help control the symptoms of depression and anxiety related to with atrial fibrillation.

There are a number of simple yet effective yogic poses which can help patients with heart disease. The poses help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress and inflammation, combat hardening of the arteries, and improve patients' quality of life. They poses include:

Corpse Pose

This pose helps to relieve stress and tension and leads to healing relaxation.

Kapalabhati

This is usually a quick breathing technique, which helps to clear mucus from air passages and remove blockages in the chest. However, kapalabhati can be modifies to be slower paced and mindful for students with heart conditions.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

This pose promotes stillness and allows the patient to experience the relaxed power, strength, and stability associated with mountains.

Warrior Pose

This pose increases stamina, concentration and balance and concentration. It also improves strength and flexibility in the arms and legs and helps relieve backaches.

Standing Side Stretch Pose

This excellent stretch pose improves energy flow from the center of the body upward through the arms and downward through the legs.

Tree Pose (Tadasana)

This pose improves balance and concentration, increases flexibility in hips and groin and helps strengthen the back, thighs, calves, and ankles.

Lotus Yoga Pose (Padmasana)

This pose helps the legs become more flexible, improves concentration and strengthens knees and ankles.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

This pose strengthens the muscles in the arms and back and enhances the flexibility of the spine.

Child Pose

A relaxing pose which helps normalize circulation and gently stretches the muscles in the shoulders, back, hips, thighs and ankles.

Seated Forward Bend (Paschimothanasana)

This asana improves posture and concentration, relieves stress and stretches the shoulder, spine and the backs of the legs.

There are many other asanas and techniques which improve breathing, blood flow and flexibility. They also have a direct impact on heart health. The body is a web of interconnected systems. Stilling the mind and relaxing the body along with increased focus and concentration yogic exercises engenders has proven to be very effective in combating all types of heart disease.

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Therapeutic Yoga for Heart Health

The benefits of yoga are plentiful, and the risks are nonexistent. Therapeutic yoga can be used to benefit the entire body as well as specific systems or organs to enhance their health and functioning. The American Heart Association reports that men and women in the United States suffer 1.5 million heart attacks each year. This number represents all reported heart attacks, ranging from small attacks to fatal ones, and some people may have suffered multiple attacks within the year. Officials at the AHA say that coronary heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. Yoga is an easy way to prevent heart disease and lessen the effects of current heart problems.

Performing yoga at least 3 times a week shows a significant increase in heart health. By bringing the body down to a deeply relaxed state, yoga slows the heart rate and decreases blood pressure. With a low blood pressure and decreased heart rate, the rhythm of the heart is more easily regulated, allowing for healthy, normal heartbeats. The volume of blood contained in the heart is increased. The slow and rhythmic breathing of yoga causes the blood to become more heavily oxygenated, allowing for the flow of more oxygen to the organs and muscles. This increase in oxygen regulates the organ function and muscle control, enhancing visceral and motor functioning.

Circulation improvement is not the only way that yoga benefits of the heart. The relaxed state induced by practicing yoga causes a decrease in the levels of stress hormones produced and induces a parasympathetic response. The parasympathetic response, unlike the fight-or-flight sympathetic response, promotes metabolic functioning and creates a state of homeostasis within the body. Practicing yoga can also lead to weight loss in overweight or obese patients, which significantly decreases the risk of heart health issues. These numerous benefits of yoga prevent heart failure and disease; reduce the effects associated with present pathological problems, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol to enhance overall health.

The poses that most greatly benefit heart health are those standing poses that usually involve bending. Expanding the chest with deep breathing and accompanying it with bending motions, whether sideways or back to front, are ways to open your chest and heart to the healing benefits of yoga. The tree pose, the mountain pose, and the lotus pose can all provide a notable level of health benefits for the heart and cardiovascular system, as well as for the many organs and tissues associated with regular functioning in the body.

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Can yoga help people with heart disease? The ancient and mystical practice of yoga simultaneously focuses on controlled breathing, mind and body providing inner peace and stillness. This therapy has become widely popular physical activity nowadays around the globe especially in western world likewise aerobics and jogging. Yoga techniques work as alternative and complementary medicinal therapy for curing several chronic and life threatening ailments such as, cardiac trouble, diabetes, respiratory tract issues and cancers.

A research recommends that combination of stretching exercises, meditation and deep breathing in this methodology offers special benefits for the people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. The regular practice of this physical activity is said to be a great way to stay fit and helpful for improving heart health. The techniques are highly effective in beating or countering stressful conditions and anxiety the major cause behind the havoc of cardiovascular system. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people who are prone to stress are at higher risk of cardiac problems as compared to calmer individuals. When we encounter stress or anxiety our brain releases adrenaline hormones in body, results in causing heart to beat faster and increasing blood pressure level as living in constant state of stress is the main factor of cardiac dysfunction and coronary arteries disease.

According to an article published in Journal Medical Hypothesis edition of year 2012 the health experts advised that yoga poses are able to prevent and treat effectively medical conditions related to heart by improving stress linked imbalance in nervous system. Incorporating practice of yoga in daily routine offers an overall healthy living by reducing blood pressure level, increasing capacity of lungs, balancing heart rate, boosting circulation of blood and lowering cholesterol level. There are lots of proven advantages that yoga is very good exercising approach for people struggling against cardiac issues like heart stroke, cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular issues.

The different forms of this therapy from gentle and peaceful yoga to power or hot yoga involves asanas, controlled breathing procedure and approaches for calming mind by relaxation or meditation work together for curing cardiac problems. During practice the muscles of our body work and anything that allows working muscles of body is good for our heart and blood vessels. The scientific studies explored the promising advantages of yoga for those who suffer from coronary artery disease include ease in palpitation, enhancing cardiac rehabilitation, improving symptoms of heart failure, reducing cardiovascular risk factors (blood sugar, stress hormones and bad cholesterol).

A number of postures and breathing approaches are useful in maintaining cardiovascular wellness, improving flow of blood in arteries and veins by keeping them supple. The recommended physical poses or techniques for cardiac health by experienced professionals that are practiced under the supervision of a teacher include locust pose, lotus pose, bridge pose, standing on one leg palm tree pose, cow, camel, cobra and bow pose with forward bends. Practicing paranayama or deep breathing exercises in morning is extremely helpful in removing blockages from arteries and veins of coronary system.

Doctors also advised to perform paranayama exercises for coronary arteries disease patients as different types of paranayama techniques supports in curing cardiac ailments like ujjayi paranayama, bhastrika paranayama, bahya paranayama, pranav paranayama, kapalbhati, anulom vilom paranayama, nadi shodhan and bhramari. The relaxation process at the end of practicing session is helpful for some patients in controlling blood pressure level, savasana or corpse pose is preferred for complete relaxation as this posture brings calm and peaceful healing to the heart. The sun salutation poses are also suggested for practicing at least 6-12 cycles a day for strengthening heart and prevent it from stroke.

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Here are more researches that Yoga can really help your heart.

Effect of Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden, Anxiety, Depression, and Quality of Life in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

In patients with paroxysmal AF, yoga improves symptoms, arrhythmia burden, heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and depression scores, and several domains of QoL. (Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden and Quality of Life in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

Yoga in Heart Failure Patients: A Pilot Study

Although no subject was depressed, overall mood was improved. Subjects subjectively reported improvements in overall well-being.Yoga practice was safe, with participants experiencing improved physical function and symptom stability. Larger studies are warranted to provide more nonpharmacological options for improved outcomes in patients with HF.

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Doing yoga cure health problems like heart diseses is this true..??And is there any special yoga for this.

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yup. its even recommended by American heart Association 🙂

Yoga and Heart Health

AHA Recommendation

For Overall Cardiovascular Health:
At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes
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At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
AND
Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits.

For Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
An average 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week

the specific yoga the is made for cardiac patients is called CARDIAC YOGA

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Yoga for Heart Health Provides Impressive Results: Yoga is one of the widely acknowledged thearauptic physical activity all over the world which not only provides stress free life but also plays a great role in providing immunity against harmful ailments. May it be anxiety, depression, panic attack or any other kind of ailment, yoga is definitely the first choice that springs up when stress comes to mind. Many people forget about its other advantages like treating diseases such as cancer, asthma and cardiac problems.

Reports have claimed that people suffering from any cardiac disease showed improvement and impressive recovery after frequent performance of yoga. It is an accepted fact that yoga work as a useful tool to enhance the cardiac performance. It can also be used to prevent people who are at risk to get a cardiac occasion in near future. Those who prefer to perform yoga on daily basis have controlled blood pressure, improved breathing and heart condition.

If you want to keep your heart healthy and fit here are some of the positions that will surely help you in achieving what you want:

Mountain Pose: Mountain pose is one the most effective pose which not only helps in making you more flexible but also plays a very important role in strengthening the heart and in improving its functionality.

Tree Pose: Tree pose is very helpful; helps in bringing emotional and physical balance. If performed regularly this pose will help in steadying cardiac functions and prevents from stress that can have negative impact on heart.

Triangle pose: This pose is known as the heart opening pose, as it is evident from the explanation the pose helps in escalating the function of heart and improves blood flow. This promotes cardiovascular exercise as we breathe deep in the pose the chest expands allowing maximum amount of air to get into our lungs. The pose also helps in building stamina.

Chair pose: Chair pose is one of the most important pose concerning heart and lungs. This pose helps in keeping the heart beat rate in check. It helps in strengthening the flow of blood and reducing stress with the help of deep inhale and exhale.

Bow pose: The deep stretch in this pose helps in opening the cardiac muscle, also assists in strengthening it and controlling the blood flow, keeping the heart healthy and fit.

Anjali Mudra: The Anjali Mudra pose again plays a very important role in calming and opening the heart. But not just that it also helps in relaxing the brain preparing it for pranayama and deep breathing.

The main motive of yoga is to create equilibrium among the body and soul. The asanas discussed above not only help in cardiac conditions but play a major role in improving flexibility and reducing stress as well. Yoga helps in eradicating the negativity and fills the individual with positive thoughts which affects the wellbeing and the individual feels free-spirited, healthy and fit. If yoga is performed on daily basis and incorporated in ones routine it will do wonders and prevent from serious health conditions.

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