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.”
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