There hasn't been much of an emphasis on heart problems in women, but in fact, women are sometimes more affected by heart diseases than men. According to doctors, this is in some extend due to their exposure to some rare diseases, such as coronary artery dissection, where around eight out of ten cases are women. source
But according to new research, yoga has a great benefits for people with cardiovascular diseases due to its combination of stretching, breathing techniques and mindfulness and it is also believed that it can help prevent heart attack.
According to the Harvard Medical study, "getting into the various postures during a yoga session gently exercises the muscles. Anything that works your muscles is good for your heart and blood vessels. Activity also helps muscles become more sensitive to insulin, which is important for controlling blood sugar. The deep-breathing exercises help slow the breathing rate. Taking fewer but deeper breaths each minute temporarily lowers blood pressure and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for generating stress hormones. The postures and deep breathing offer a kind of physical meditation that focuses and clears the mind. Meditation and the mindfulness of yoga have both been shown to help people with cardiovascular disease." source
It Does Your Heart Good.
Thus it is believed that yoga may;
- reduce high blood pressure
- improve symptoms of heart failure
- ease palpitations
- enhance cardiac rehabilitation
- lower cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones
- improve balance, reduce falls, ease arthritis, and improve breathing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
If you are a yoga teacher and would like to learn more about Women's Health and about in which ways Yoga positively impacts women's body then you will be interested in our next teaching course 'Yoga for Women's Health'.
YOGA FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH with Beverley Nolan
Thursday 16th May - Friday 17th May, 09.30-17.30 - Great Shelford
£190 / Camyoga graduates 10% off
An in-depth review of feminine anatomy and physiology including the menstrual cycle and peri-menopause and their associated health problems, urinary tract infections and incontinence, breast health, and osteoporosis. Examination of the benefits of both Energising and Restorative yoga practice. Application of modifications, alternatives and sequencing of asanas. Pranayama and relaxation techniques
Learn more about course here.