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Make way for a healthy heart with Yoga

It is estimated that more than 80 million people in India are at the risk of cardio-vascular diseases. You would be surprised to know that this is more than the population of the entire United Kingdom!

As you delve deeper into this alarming number, you will find that about 30% of our countrymen suffer from high cholesterol.  And, 1 in every 5 young adults suffer from high blood pressure. These lifestyle diseases are major contributors to a great number of Indians suffering from heart ailments early on in their lives.

While Health Insurance for high blood pressure and Health Insurance for high cholesterol are a great step towards managing these lifestyle diseases, so are some lifestyle changes. For instance, regularly following certain breathing exercises and increasing the capacity of your lungs is a great way towards bringing your heart health back on track.

It is well known by now that two of the biggest contributors of poor heart health in India are high blood pressure and cholesterol.  As India grows younger by the day, it is important to ensure healthy hearts across all age groups. In such a scenario, it is important to ensure that you diagnose these lifestyle diseases, to start off early management of the same.

In the recent years, many studies have been conducted that point towards the 5,000-year-old practice of Yoga as one of the exercises that complement with for a stronger heart. Yoga both as an exercise and a lifestyle choice has brought about greatly positive changes for heart patients.

Recently, the International Day of Yoga was celebrated on the 21st of June 2019. In keeping with the spirit of healthy living, we bring to you a few ways in which the practice of Yoga benefits your heart health. Yoga and mindfulness go hand in hand as it is all about gaining the power over and training your mind to focus on self-care to gain long term benefits.

When regularly followed, Yoga will:

  1. Improve your endocrine system and build your stamina Supta Padangusthasana.
  2. Help you shift from a sedentary to an active lifestyle with desk Yoga asanas like Ardha Chakrasana and Ardha Katichakrasana.
  3. Reduce your bad cholesterol and effectively remove toxins from your body as well as help you lose weight with the Pruthvi Mudra or the ‘Yo’ Mudra.
  4. Strengthen your spine muscles and increase the flexibility of your body with Padangusthasana.
  5. Relieve your stress and help you relax with Gaumukhasana.
  6. Improve your nervous system and help you breathe better with Janu Sirsasana.
  7. Lead to better breathing and improved blood circulation.

Now that you are aware of the many benefits of low-intensity Yoga for heart, combine it with lifestyle changes and achieve good health to stay fit.

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