Could Doing Yoga Save Your Heart?


When it comes to yoga, it’s no surprise that its health and wellness benefits are as versatile as they are plentiful.

That’s because yoga doesn’t just lead to a greater ability to reduce stress while also bolstering focus and concentration–a 2001 study from the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University in India even realized that yoga diminished lipids and fat deposits in the body.

Researchers took 170 males and females and split them into two separate study groups. In one, 85 of them practiced yoga for 35 to 40 minutes five days a week for six months, while the second group did not. All study participants were afflicted with coronary heart disease.

After the six-month period, researchers tested the body fat and lipid composition of each subject. This had also been conducted at the start of the study, so researchers could compare samples between the yoga group and the non-yoga group. What they found was that the yoga group experienced decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressures, body fat percentages, cholesterol, heart rates, triglycerides, and even LDLs, while the group that didn’t practice yoga showed no noticeable alterations in any of these significant health factors.

Whether these findings make you want to check out the next yoga class at your local gym or not, the strong correlations between yoga and heart health should at least open your eyes to the plethora of health benefits yoga brings.

If you want to get started, you can learn some of the basics and read about many more of the health benefits of yoga. Also, doing yoga can help ease back pain and reduce your risk of diabetes. Plus, if you’re doing any gardening or yard work, make sure to check out some suggestions for how to practice garden yoga poses.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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