Clockwise from Left:  Virabhadrasana, Uttanasana,Adho mukha Svanasana,  Salamba Bhujangasana ,Padangusthasana
Clockwise from Left: Virabhadrasana, Uttanasana,Adho mukha Svanasana,  Salamba Bhujangasana ,Padangusthasana

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Yoga Day 2019: Here Are The 5 Yoga Asanas For A Healthy Heart

Written By Sreedevi Jayachandran | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Yoga asanas can soothe the nerves and help in slowing down an abnormal heart rate
  • Yoga enhances the cardiovascular health in a number of ways
  • It also improves the blood circulation and lung function​​​​​

A daily practice of Yoga ensures proper circulation of blood to all parts of the body. Yoga Asanas can soothe the nerves and helps to slow down an abnormal heart rate. 

Yoga enhances the cardiovascular health in a number of ways.

  • It can calm the nervous system 
  • It can reduce disease-causing inflammation 
  • It helps in taming hypertension 
  • It also helps in boosting beneficial HDL cholesterol
  • It improves circulation and lung function​​​​​

As the International Yoga Day is around the corner, here are a few yoga asanas which are good for a healthy heart. 

1) Uttanasana or Standing forward bend pose.

It is an intense forward stretch pose. It is extremely helpful in curing Insomnia. It also improves oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain as the head is positioned below the heart in this pose. Regular practice of this Asana helps in relieving anxiety and stress, thereby preventing heart attacks.

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2) Virabhadrasana (Warrior 1 Pose).

It is also called as the Warrior pose. It is great for heart related problems as the heart rate goes up while you hold the posture. It also helps in improving balance and increases stamina.  This yoga pose also helps in strengthening the lower back, torso and lower body.

3) Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx Pose).

This asana rejuvinates the body, soothes the nervous systemThis asana lengthens the abdominal muscles, strengthens the spine, and firms the buttocks. It also stretches and opens the chest, lungs, and shoulders. This pose opens the chest and strengthens the core bod.

4) Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)

This asana gets blood and body fluids flowing in the opposite direction by reversing the action of gravity. The inversion is also thought to provide a different perspective on an emotional level, boosting confidence. It relaxes the heart and a great upper body strengthener for inversions.

5) Padangusthasana or Big Toe Pose

This asana maintains a perfect balance between backward and forward bending, and uses the pull and push of gravity. This pull and push also helps to relieve pain and ease the tension trapped in the body. It also calms the brain and relieves anxiety, stress, and mild depression. This pose works on the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras.

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