Yoga can help keep your heart in shape. Here’s a few ways in which yoga benefits your heart:
- Reduces stress
Stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol, or lean on caffeine, sugar and fatty foods which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls. A regular yoga practice brings deeper awareness of the body, mind and emotions and is likely to calm you down and make you more in tune with your physical and mental health.
- Promotes physical activity
Maintaining a normal BMI (body mass index) can help your heart and regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight.
- Blasts tummy fat
Excess abdominal fat has been linked to increased risk for heart disease. By strengthening the large muscle groups in the body, such as the gluteals and quadriceps, yoga gets your body burning more calories, meaning you are less likely to store them as fat around your middle.
- Improves your diet
A healthy diet (including fruits and vegetables, fibre and heart-healthy fish and light on red meat, saturated fat, sodium, sugar and processed foods) is critical to heart health, and studies have linked regular yoga practice to mindful eating.