Posted by: Trudy Prevost | December 27, 2014

Yoga works as well as aerobic exercise to prevent heart disease

Calibishi Cove 012A new review published in a peer reviewed medial journal has shown that yoga could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research.

Researchers focused on yoga’s effects on cardiovascular disease, as well as risk factors including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol levels that make up a profile – known as metabolic syndrome – that often leads to heart disease and diabetes.

37 randomized, controlled trials were analysed involving 2,768 people – those who did yoga had significant improvements in a range of risk factors. Yoga lowered blood pressure, lowered LDL cholesterol, increased HDL cholesterol; lowered heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors such as weight loss in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.

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  1. This is good news especially for older people who are interested in maintaining good health. Yoga is a practice that doesn’t have too much demands physically. Now that I learned that it has good effects on the heart, I am more determined to stick with the habit. 🙂

    • Hi Amelia, Thanks for your comment. What I love the most deeply about the practice of the physical path of Yoga is that it is a practice that adapts to the needs of the practitioner. I teach a mindful flow yoga that is almost guaranteed to have the average person leave the class dripping with sweat. Just before that class I teach a gentle yoga class where we relax into poses and find the most gentle way of moving the body. In both cases the entire body has had a balanced workout, the joints have been taken through their movements; deep lubrication and release of feel good hormones has occurred. What I find very interesting about this study is that both types of practice – gentle, sweat – enhance heart health. Blessings Abound!


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