Yoga for Heart Health

With increased cases of heart attacks and other heart ailments these days, it has become very important to take care of the heart and ensure its wellbeing in all respects. Those who are already diagnosed with a heart problem usually become intimidated by any physical activity. However, the key is to return back to an organised form of physical activity. This may be monitored under the guidance of a qualified trainer. A sedentary life is very injurious to health.

Practicing yoga can ensure good heart health. The activity enhances immunity level of the body. There are a number of practices under yoga that works towards healing and strengthening the heart.

Listed below are some of the best asanas and mudras for improving heart health. You can practise these daily to remove stress and anxiety and open up the chest area. Breathing freely and focussing on a specific thing at a time is important for the heart.

Pranama Mudra (Prayer Gesture)

Pranam (or pranamam) means salutation. Pranam mudra is actually the posture of prayer. This asana gas a lot of benefits for the heart. This is a powerful mudra to protect heart from a number of ailments. It can be practised anywhere and at any time to enjoy the benefits.

How to Practise

Step 1: Stand erect

Step 2: Keep feet together and hold hands together before your chest.

Step 3: Keep your eyes closed or maintain a straight gaze in front you.

The Benefits

  • Hand movements work up the chest and expand it. This boosts overall heart health.
  • The pose is a de-stresser and helps circulatory system via increasing palpitaion.

Sukri Mudra (Hand Gesture)

The hand gesture is also known as ‘cure all hand gesture’. This means that the gesture is powerful enough to cure all major ailments of body.

How to Practise

Step 1: Sit up straight.

Step 2:  Shut your eyes.

Step 3: Touch the tip of all four fingers to tip of your thumb.

Step 4: Do the same for each hand.

Step 5: Place your hands on your thighs.

Step 6: Hold it for three to five minutes.

The Benefits:

  • The mudra balances all the three doshas and eliminates sluggishness, anxiety and anger.
  • The mudra works on all of the major systems, restoring and healing.
  • It prevents heart diseases.
  • It also prevents most physical and emotional ailments.

Hasta Uttanasana (Hand Raising Pose)

The yoga asana will improve heart health, strengthens it and reduces its vulnerability to diseases.

How to Practise

Step 1: Extend both arms upwards, pointing the fingers, bend backwards and looking up.

Step 2: Inhale through the nostrils.

Step 3: Concentrate on Vishuddha or The Throat Chakra.

Step 4: Imagine that the body is very strong and flexible.

Step 5: You can remain in the pose for several deep breaths.

The Benefits

  • Promotes body balance and digestion.
  • Exercises the arm and shoulder muscles and tones the spine.
  • Expands the lungs and opens the Heart Chakra.

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