Friday, February 13, 2015

Heart Happiness with Yoga

February is American Heart Month.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention.  Yoga can be used to improve heart health as a preventive measure. We offer Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Pre-Natal Yoga at Sana Vita Studio and for American Heart Month we have a wonderful Special of 3 Yoga Classes for $30!  

Why yoga?

Yoga Helps Beat Stress: When you encounter a stressful situation, the brain releases adrenaline into your system to help you either fight or flee the threat. This causes your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure increases.  While this response can help you protect yourself when facing a threat, living in a constant state of stress may wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people who are prone to stress have a higher risk for heart disease than their calmer counterparts.“What we want is a nervous system that reacts to stressful situations when they happen, but then shifts back to relaxation,” Yoga may help by dampening your body’s reaction to stress. 

Yoga reduces inflammation:  Learning to relax through yoga may help decrease stress-related inflammation. A 2010 study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine showed that when individuals who practiced yoga regularly were exposed to a stressor, they had less of a blood compound linked to inflammation than novice practitioners.
Yoga may lower blood pressure:  According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, long-term high blood pressure can weaken your heart and damage blood vessel walls, causing plaque to build up and potentially narrow or block arteries. This is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.

While poor diet and lack of exercise are major risk factors, “we know there’s an element of stress involved in high blood pressure,” says McCall. A 2012 review published in the journal Holistic Nursing Practice suggests that yoga practice may be an effective treatment for high blood pressure because of its ability to decrease the body’s response to stress.

Yoga promotes physical activity:  People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease as those who do exercise, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Yoga improves strength and flexibility, which contributes to cardiovascular health. 

Thinking prevention? As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.  You may see benefits right away. After your first yoga class, your blood pressure will likely be lower, you’ll be relaxed and you’ll feel better!

Enjoy yoga at Sana Vita Studio with our February Special of 3 Yoga Classes for $30!
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