Yoga to reduce heart disease

Yoga is beneficial for your heart

Yoga for your heart

Recent scientific research has found that yoga can be beneficial for heart conditions. The data from 37 studies shows that people who practice yoga have lower blood pressure, lower levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and improved HDL or “good” cholesterol – all factors that can lower the risk of heart disease.

How does it work? Most important part of yoga is really the breathing and meditation part. That’s what has the effect of dialing down the body’s stress response. “You’re lowering your blood pressure, lowering your heart rate and respiratory rate, and decreasing those stress hormones.”

Source for this post: The hidden heart benefits of yoga from CBS Interactive Inc. Read the full article here.

 

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5 Tibetans

Five Tibetans is a set of movements that stimulate and rejuvenate the entire psycho-physio network, and are rumoured to be the source of the fountain of youth!

They stimulate full energy flow through the chakras and enliven corresponding nerves, organs, and glands. These exercises also tone and strengthen the major muscle groups, contributing to a strong, resilient physique.

In Yogahealth classes we often include Downward Dog into Upward Dog (Tibetan #5) at the end of the class for its energizing and strength building quality.

Downward Dog

Double leg lifting (Tibetan #2) is another popular Yogahealth movement for strengthening the abdominal muscles.

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Occasionally, in classes we also perform Camel (Tibetan #3). Being a back bend, it works on opening the heart, as well as on stretching and toning the neck, buttocks, thighs and the whole front surface of the body.

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Five Tibetans is a strong practice and we recommend that is practised by intermediate students. It is great for those students who are lacking energy, as well as for loosing weight.

Download Five Tibetans Info Sheet here with full instructions and illustrations on how to practice.