Impact of yoga on heart

Friday, May 1, 2020

/ by Dr Vishal Zahra


Yoga



Yoga is a mind-body practice. It is a series of movements and postures that help improve flexibility, strength and coordination of the body and improves brain function by allowing relaxation, focus and positivity. It has a calming effect. It calms body, mind and soul. It also includes relaxation techniques and breathing exercises. Yoga is an ancient Indian practice. Its history goes back to hundreds of years.
How yoga impacts the heart?
Various studies have shown remarkable benefits of yoga. Its impact on the heart is so clear. Yoga has proved to lower cardiovascular events. Stimulation of pancreas through yoga exercises can lower the glucose levels in the blood. By doing yoga every day, stress is very much reduced. A drop in blood pressure is seen in different researches done on the impacts of yoga, and we all know that high blood pressure leads directly to cardiovascular disease. Yoga, because it is a physical exercise too, so it has a major impact on our weight. Weight reduction or maintaining healthy BMI is easily possible through yoga because it teaches patience and self-control. A positive and clear mind also helps you in making choices that are beneficial for your health. Stress causes the release of cortisol and epinephrine, which forces our body to remain in fight or flight situation for a very long time. The increasing levels of cortisol and epinephrine due to chronic stress can cause an increase in lipid profile and increased blood pressure, which is directly linked to heart disease.
Stress

Stress is a significant risk factor for heart diseases. It is also seen that in some people, a sudden, shocking or painful event such as the death of a loved one or emotional trauma leading to cardiac arrest. It is a severe acute form of stress, also known as ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’, even occur to people with no history of heart disease ever in their life before, which shows whether acute or chronic stress is a dangerous thing for your heart. It also leads to bad habits that are linked to heart diseases. For example, stress leads to unhealthy habits like overeating which usually includes high fat, high cholesterol diet ( pizza, fast foods, cold drinks, sweets). Stress can lead you to smoke or to drink too much, which in turns damages your heart.
Mobility
Yoga keeps you moving. And mobility keeps your heart functioning properly. Immobility and a sedentary lifestyle can damage your heart. If you are physically inactive, your chances of developing heart disease increase significantly. It is a risk factor that can be reversed. Some exercise is always better than no exercise. If you cant, do aerobics, or strenuous exercises, yoga is the best option for you. If we change our lifestyle today, we can benefit our heart and decrease the loading on the heart. By practising yoga, you live a healthy and active life.
Mood
Yoga has a positive impact on your mood. Good mood keeps your heart healthy. Increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABBA (a chemical in the brain) after yoga sessions are responsible for improving your mood. Seratonin and oxytocin, the ‘feeling happy’ hormone levels also increase by practising yoga.
Stay happy stay healthy!

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