Heart disease was thought to be irreversible until a revolutionary heart healthy yoga study proved otherwise!
Dr. Dean Ornish, revolutionized the way doctors look at heart disease. There are four components to his program. Many seem obvious to us now, but it wasn’t at the time.
The 4 heart healthy components:
- What you eat
- How much activity you have
- How you respond to stress
- How much love and support you have
Dr. Dean Ornish is the author of 6 New York Times Bestselling books and has been an advisor to two American Presidents. His work is changing the medical paradigm. What many people don’t know is that his inspiration comes from his teacher, Swami Satchidananda. All aspects of his heart health program have roots in a yoga lifestyle.
Heart healthy yoga practices include yoga postures, yoga breathing, meditation, yoga satsang (or community), and yoga diet.
Here are some of the ways that yoga helps you have a healthy heart:
- Stress reduction
- Lowers heart rate
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps you feel connected to others
- Cardiovascular health
When you add aspects of yoga lifestyle, such as a vegan or vegetarian diet, the benefits rise. Just make sure you don’t make the mistake some beginner vegetarians and vegans do – some will replace meat and dairy with carbs, sugar, and other fats. That won’t help! Be reasonable and have a well thought-out diet. It’s ok to be a “chegan” like President Bill Clinton – a vegan who cheats and eats meat or dairy sometimes.
Another aspect of heart healthy yoga is working with your heart chakra. You can learn more about chakras here. The energy of your heart chakra helps your heart and lungs. It also governs emotions such as love, compassion and courage. Working with the energy of these emotions will also help your physical heart. The saying “He/she has a broken heart.” is not a random statement!
Practicing yoga with a heartfelt community like Zenward can be just the ticket to having a heart centered yoga practice. Yoga lifestyle includes coming together with other like-minded people all working to reach their highest potential. This where you can find love and support.
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Have you done your yoga today? What is your favorite practice? Please share with us in the comment section below!