Exercise is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There’s a millions ways to include activity into your day-to-day life. Exercise is not one-size-fits-all, so you can always find something that is beneficial even if you have physical limitations
The Fundamentals of Medical Yoga Therapy
The fantastic thing about medical yoga is that it puts a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga’s history goes back 5, 000 years and is centered around being self-aware. Yoga is a form of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being-- bringing all into attunement as well as training you in the skills of mindfulness. Yoga focuses on awareness of breath which can improve lung health as well.
Medical Yoga Improves Heart Health
Research shows that using medical yoga can improve heart health and functionality. Last year, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology released a study to show that medical yoga can help improve irregular heartbeat. The study monitored subjects’ symptoms for three months-- blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety and depression levels. Participants also took yoga classes twice a week. It was found that on average, the study’s participants saw a drastic improvement in overall heart functionality.
There has been other studies evaluating the effects of Hatha Yoga on heart health among 7th graders that showed symptoms of pre-hypertension. Half of the participants took yoga classes for three months, the second half took creative courses like art or music. The study concluded that the participants in the yoga program had lower resting blood pressure than those who took other courses.