Yoga for healthy hearts

Yoga is a study of life; the study of your body, breath, mind, intellect and memory.  It can help deal with stress through a combination of asanas, breathing techniques and meditation. Each yoga posture also helps different parts of your body and the following particularly benefit the respiratory system and the heart.

Mountain Pose (Tadasana) – helps strengthen the vertebral column and the heart. Deep breathing also expands the lungs.

Tree Pose (Vrikshasana) – helps develop a firm and balanced posture. It broadens the shoulders and opens the heart.

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) – this is a heart opening standing posture that expands the chest with deep breathing and increases stamina.

Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana) – improves blood circulation, increases stamina and keep heart rate in check.

Chair Pose (Utkatasana) – strengthens chest muscles, lifts diaphragm providing gentle massage to heart.

Downward Facing Dog (Ardo Mukha Svanasana) – strengthens the chest muscles and expands the lung region increasing its capacity.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) – a stimulating pose that strengthens the heart region and makes the whole body flexible.

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana) – improves blood flow to the chest and massages heart and lungs through deep abdominal breathing.

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana) – helps reduce heart rate, aids blood flow and massages heartYoga