Heart keeps you alive. Yoga is only tradition that consider this aspect very important. Over 84% men/women acknowledged that Yoga poses are far better than aerobic exercises for healthy heart. Yogic traditions view the heart as a key to good health, the source of love and connection, and a wellspring of spiritual potential. Open your heart is a common cue during yoga poses, and being informed about the energetics and physiology of the heart will help you to do just that.
There are many ways to explore and experience the heart through yoga. First, a quick review of the heart’s physical anatomy: As the center of the body’s circulatory system, the human heart’s four chambers create a double pump about the size of a closed fist. The heart recirculates about 1,250 gallons of blood each day through 100,000 miles of blood vessels. The right atrium and ventricle circulate blood to and from the lungs; the left, to the rest of the body. The heart is cradled between the lungs, and during deep yogic breathing, its apex, level with the fifth or sixth rib, is massaged by the diaphragm.
Coronary heart disease afflicts millions of people in the United States and in other western countries. This deadly disease is on the rise, especially among women. In fact, each year in the United States, heart disease kills around 366,000 women, making it a leading cause of death. Men and women are both equally at risk from coronary heart disease. Depending on coronary artery risk factors, such as your age and genetics, you can figure out which types of heart conditions you should try to avoid. For instance, if your family has a history of heart attacks, artery disease, or even diabetes, you should be careful about what you eat and how often you exercise, since foods with high amounts of fat and cholesterol can increase your chances of having a stroke or heart attack in the future.Daily cardiovascular exercise is highly recommended in addition to a daily program of yoga and/or meditation.
Yoga poses have been proven to be beneficial for people of all ages and fitness levels, and they can serve as an effective tool for preventing heart disease. Research has proven that including Yoga practices with other lifestyle changes can prevent or correct heart problems like hypertension and atherosclerosis.
How Yoga Helps in Heart Disease?
A yoga practice teaches people how to integrate yoga poses with breathing, and meditation techniques, empowering them to manage stress and notice habitual holding patterns in the body. Yoga exercise improves the health of the entire circulatory system, beginning with the production of blood. Improving circulation in the legs by means of daily Yoga stretching exercises helps to rejuvenate the blood by stretching the body’s major blood vessels to keep them free flowing and elastic. In addition, yoga oxygenates the blood and pushes fresh nutrients to all peripheral vessels and capillaries. Improved circulation means that the brain will receive more oxygen, improving alertness, memory, and mood AND the vital organs receive the steady supply of nutrients they need for optimal functioning. Yoga requires the practitioner to take long deep breaths, and time for conscious relaxation, and concentration. These practices have been proven to decrease the level of stress hormones in the body. Yoga poses help enhance the circulation of blood and body fluids and maintain the normal functioning of the immune system. All of these things allow the body to better maintain its homeostasis. The self-introspection practices of yoga allow the practitioner to develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, and that awareness will promote the discipline needed to develop an overall healthier lifestyle.
According to the Yoga Sutras (1.33), one way to purify the mind and increase serenity is to practice compassion (karuna) in the face of suffering. Compassion means “shared feeling,” a level of sympathy so deep that it inspires action to alleviate another’s pain or sorrow. Forgiveness, according to some, is the ultimate expression of compassion. But the true test of compassion may be whether or not you can extend it to yourself. Regular practice of Yoga help you in thinking positive and perform Good Karma.
Practicing yoga presents us with many opportunities for exploring self-compassion. The very first of the yamas or ethical guidelines that Patanjali gives in the Yoga Sutras (2.30) is ahimsa or non-harming, encompassing words, thoughts, and actions. Most of us learned this golden rule while still on the playground, and yet even in a yoga class, we create struggle and inner conflict, striving for our idea of the perfect pose or competing with other students and ourselves, trying to top our “personal best,” as though asana was a contest or performance. Even if failure doesn’t result in physical harm we can injure ourselves with feelings of envy or lack or self-dissatisfaction.
Yoga poses given here not only keeps heart healthy, but also purifies thoughts giving positive thinking and outlook towards life.
Yoga for Heart
Yoga Chakra Pose for Heart Disease Treatment
This heart chakra yogic meditation is a simple technique to release sadness and fear and to bring compassion and love into your life.
Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. Sit up tall with the spine straight, the shoulders relaxed and the chest open. Inhale the palms together and lightly press the knuckles of the thumbs into the sternum at the level of your heart (you should feel a little notch where the knuckles magically fit). Breathe slowly, smoothly and deeply into the belly and into the chest. Soften your gaze or lightly close the eyes. Let go of any thoughts or distractions and let the mind focus on feeling the breath move in and out of your body. Once the mind feels quiet and still, bring your focus to the light pressure of the thumbs pressing against your chest and feeling the beating of the heart. Keep this focus for one to five minutes.
Next, gently release the hands and rub the palms together, making them very warm and energized. Place the right palm in the center of your chest and the left hand on top of the right. Close the eyes and feel the center of your chest warm and radiant, full of energy. See this energy as an emerald green light, radiating out from the center of your heart into the rest of your body. Feel this energy flowing out into the arms and hands, and flowing back into the heart. Stay with this visualization for one to five minutes.
After you feel completely soaked with heart chakra energy, gently release the palms and turn them outwards with the elbows bent, the shoulders relaxed and the chest open. Feel or visualize the green light love energy flowing out of your palms and into the world. You can direct it towards specific loved ones in your life or to all sentient beings.
To end your meditation, inhale the arms up towards the sky, connecting with the heavens, then exhale and lower the palms lightly to the floor, connecting with the earth. Take a moment or two before moving on with the rest of your day.
Yoga Poses for Heart Disease Treatment
Repeat the steps 2 times to start with, gradually when you develop practice for daily Yoga poses, you can do the same for 5 times. Execute Yoga poses which you find simple and doable by you.
Yoga Poses for Heart Care, Cure and Prevention of Heart Disease
Standing Poses for Heart Disease
Standing Poses: In these poses, the lateral walls of the heart are completely stretched and toned up so that blood can flow easily to those same places. In addition, everyday seated, standing and walking posture effects respiration, circulation and the health of the heart. Chronic slouching decreases circulation to all the vital organs, especially the heart. Learning how to stand up straight and engage all the muscles in the body build a stronger heart muscle.
Poses: Mountain Pose, Palm Tree, Triangle, Balancing Half Moon, Extended Side Angle
Inverted Poses for Heart Disease
Inverted Poses: The most important task of the cardiovascular system is to supply blood to the brain. Inverted poses also help strengthen the heart, increase blood flow to the brain and may prevent the death of brain cells. Inverted Poses directly benefit the heart by increasing the volume of blood coursing through it. Essentially, inverting gives the heart a break. The heart works incessantly to ensure that freshly oxygenated blood makes its way up to the brain and the sensory organs. When inverting, the pressure is reversed. It is believed that there are internal mechanisms that sense the increase in blood and slow the flow, thus reducing both blood pressure and heart rate.
Poses: Legs Against the Wall, Shoulder Stand, Bridge Pose, Plow Pose Horizontal Poses and Forward Bends: These poses rest the heart and lungs so that they can be rejuvenated. When the lungs are well-rested, it easier to breathe deeply and the air and nutrients of the body are processed with maximum efficiency.
Poses: Childs Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Standing Forward Bend, Seated Forward Bend, Pigeon Pose
Back Bending Poses for Heart Disease
Back Bending Poses: When back bending poses are done without strain, they can improve blood supply to the myocardium and tone up the cardiac muscle. Passive, supported backbends gently stretch the heart muscle and the cardiac vessels that supply the heart. This can increase blood flow to the heart and helps prevent arterial blockages. Backbends also help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, and force the heart to contract, lengthening cardiac muscle and enhancing blood flow.
Poses: Reclining Bound Angle, Reclining Heroes Pose, Fish Pose, Camel Pose, Locust Pose, Full or Half Bow Pose, Cobra and Bridge Pose The underlying belief of any type of yoga therapy is to enable the human system to function as efficiently and naturally as it possibly can. Modern medicine might be able to accelerate a healing process, but it is not a complete cure. We must take preventative measures like Yoga to keep the body flowing with its natural rhythms, or restore it back if that rhythm has been disrupted by disease. Indeed, if we can learn the proper way of doing yoga poses and breathing, as well as applying yoga philosophy in order to minimize stressful situations, we can learn how to minimize daily stress and maximize good health and longevity!
Baba Ramdev Yoga Poses for Heart Disease
Viparita Anahata Chakra Leg Position of the Eagle Pose
Viparita Anahata Chakra Mudra in Pada Garudasana (vi-puh-REE-tuh un-AH-huh-tuh chuh-kruh MU-druh in PUH-duh guh-ru-DAHS-uh-nuh)
Also Known as: Reverse Heart Chakra Seal in Leg Position of the Eagle Pose
Type: standing one-legged balance
Drishti Point: Nasagrai or Nasagre (nose)
Anahata Chakra Natarajasana One-legged Balance Pose
Anahata Chakra Natarajasana (uhn-AH-huh-tuh CHUHK-ruh NAH-tuh-rahj-AHS-uh-nuh)
Modification: back knee bent, arms open to the sides, foot working toward the head
Pose Type: standing one-legged balance, backbend
Drishti Point: Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)
Anahata Chakra Baddha Hasta Open Heart Chakra Hands Bound Warrior
Anahata Chakra Baddha Hasta Virabhadrasana (uh-NAH-huh-tuh CHUHK-ruh BUH-duh HUH-suh vee-ruh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh)
Pose Type: standing, backbend
Drishti Point: Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)
Baddha Hasta Anjaneyasana Bound Hands Son of Anjani (Hanuman) Lunge Pose
Bound Hands Son of Anjani (Hanuman) Lunge Pose Baddha Hasta Anjaneyasana (BUH-duh HUH-stuh uhn-juh-ney-AHS-uh-nuh)
Also Known as: Open Heart Chakra Hands Bound Equestrian Riding Horse Pose (Anahata Chakra Baddha Hasta Ashva Sanchalanasana)
Modification: back knee on the floor, backbend, hands to the floor on the inside of the back knee
Pose Type: standing, forward bend Drishti Point: Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)
Son of Anjani (Hanuman Anjaneyasana) Equestrian Riding Horse Pose
Son of Anjani (Hanuman) Lunge Pose Anjaneyasana (uhn-juh-ney-AHS-uh-nuh)
Also Known as: Open Heart Chakra Equestrian Riding Horse Pose (Anahata Chakra Ashva Sanchalanasana)
Modification: back knee on the floor, backbend, fingertips to the floor on either side of the back knee
Pose Type: standing, backbend Drishti Point: Bhrumadhye or Ajna Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows)