Yoga offers many heart healthy benefits beyond fitness. Yoga is natural for lowering stress. Beyond the fitness benefits of yoga, the physical & mental benefits are limitless when yoga practice incorporates traditional breathing and meditation throughout the yoga class.
Stress has many negative effects on the body which affects heart health including:
- low energy,
- anxiety & depression,
- easily agitated,
- decreases gray matter in our brain,
- weight gain,
- chronic diseases,
- GI disorders,
- and the list goes on.
How you respond to stress can add more negative effects on your body and spirit. When people are stressed, they breath very shallow which only increases the stress on their body. People eat more often and choose less healthy foods, drink alcohol, smoke, add hours to their work day, sleep less, become less productive at work by being overwhelmed and hold in their emotion.
Through regular yoga practice you can learn to respond in new ways to the stresses in your life and change the impact that stress has on your body. The physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga ALL have positive effects on your body and especially your heart health. Practicing yoga is to honor and appreciate the beauty and wonder of our bodies and our surroundings. Appreciation and gratitude have a dramatic impact on reducing stress and making a connection to your spiritual self. In my years working in various aspects of wellness, the piece of the well being puzzle that is missing for so many people is the spirituality piece and yoga helps you reconnect to your spiritual self, living by your values. This one benefit can melt away most of the stress in your everyday life!
The practice of yoga has been well studied and research is ongoing. The following are a few of the well documented benefits of yoga.
Yoga Heart Healthy Benefits:
- Reduced stress
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced cholesterol and improved HDL cholesterol (the good kind)
- Improved posture= better breathing and circulation
- Increased energy
- Improved mobility = more fitness = healthy heart
- Increased concentration & focus
- Decreases anxiety & depression
- More accepting of self and others
- Weight loss & weight maintenance
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved insulin sensitivity and reduced insulin resistance
- Improved glycemic control
- Improved Asthma
- Deeper connection to your spiritual self
What are you waiting for? Try a class this weekend at NutriWell Coaching & Yoga and see how you begin to handle your stress vs. letting your stress handle you!