Five Yoga Positions for a healthy heart

Five Yoga Positions for a healthy heart

Our heart is a very vital organ of our body, as it keeps on working all the time even when we are sleeping, it keeps on beating and makes us realize we are nothing without our heart. It is responsible to pump blood in our body to keep us alive, and it is our duty to keep it healthy and in the best condition. Your sedentary lifestyle, food habits, and stress can harm and damage the heart's condition and the normal functioning of our body, which is to be taken care of.

American Heart Association says healthy eating, exercise, and meditation are recommended lifestyle choices to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Yoga is the best practice that emphasizes breath, concentration, and mediation. It brings positivity in our mind and connects us deeply with our body, mind, and soul. Yoga enhances cardiovascular health from increasing the lung capacity, taming hypertension to boosting HDL cholesterol and heart rate. This may also reduce your heart diseases and problems. So, practicing yoga every day can keep your heart and body healthy.

Let’s look into some Yoga poses or postures which would help us to increase our heart rate and makes our heart, body, and mental health.

Following these 5 Asanas are consider best for a healthy heart.

Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose –

How to do-

Lie on your back and bent your knees with the foot touching to the ground. Your legs should be hip-width apart from each other.

Arms resting on the side of your body facing towards the floor.

Press your feet on the ground and gently push or lift your hip upwards and take a deep breath.

Press your arms and shoulders on the ground to lift your chest upwards slowly.

Hold this position for 4-6 breaths and then back to normal and repeat it 3 times.

Benefits of this asanas- 

Stretches your neck and chest and makes your bod flexible, this will bring movement and changes in abdominal organs and lungs, it is said to be therapeutic for high blood pressure, reduces fatigue, backache and calms down your body and mind bringing relaxation from any emotional or mental stress and tension and thereby make heart healthy and free from such problems.

Supta Padangusthasana: Reclining Big Toe Pose-

How to do-

Lie down on your back

Slightly move upwards your one arm and one leg and rest your head on the ground.

Inhale slowly and bend the right knee and clasp the right big toe with right fingers, keeping your left hand on the keep to provide support and reach or touch the toes.

Inhale and slight raise your head towards right leg and then take 3-4 breathes bring back your head on the ground and come in a normal position. Relax and then repeat

Benefits of this asanas-

Helps in stretching the body parts and relaxes your mind and body, strengthen the knees and problems or pains in joints, knees, and backache will get better and thereby raises the heart rate.

Janu Sirsasana: Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

How to do-

Sit on the floor with both legs extended in front of you.

Inhale as you Bend the right knee outward like a 90-degree angle and press the right foot into the inner left thigh (avoid pressing your foot against the knee)

Keep the right foot in a relaxed position as flexed.

Exhale now, keeping your back flat and bend your hips and fold forward until you feel stretching in your hamstrings and rest your hands on the extended leg.

Repeat on the other side too, hold 3-5 breaths on each side.

Benefits of this asanas-

Clams the brain and reduces stress and tensions bringing relaxation in your heart. Alleviated headaches and insomnia. Stretching of the spine and other body parts keeps circulating the flow of blood in the body.

Gomukhasana or Cow face pose-

How to do-

Sit down comfortably on the ground and bend your knees.  

Sit up tall as you stack your knees on the top of each other.

Now clasp your hands behind your back, shoulder flexion at 180 degrees.

Hold this position for at least 30 seconds and repeat the same on the other side.

Benefits of this asanas-

This will increase joint mobility and stretches and strengthen the deep muscles of the spine also increases blood flow to the spine. A beneficial effect on the stomach, intestine, liver pancreas, and reproductive system.

Utthita Trikonasana or Extended triangle pose-

How to do-

Stand straight on the mat with your feet wide apart. Now turn your left foot outwards and the right one slightly inwards.

Face forward and take a deep breath and raise your hands as forming a T.

Place your hand higher up your leg to help you feel relaxed and open up your chest.

Look at the direction of your hand and take short 3-4 breaths. Repeat it on the other side too

Benefits of this asanas-

This will help to keep you away from stress and tension as it will bring positivity in your life which will keep your heart happy and healthy. This will improve digestion and also strengthen the thighs, knees, and ankles. This will also help release the symptoms of menopause.

Yoga acts as a Heart booster, beyond off- loading stress, this will also help you lower blood pressure, glucose levels as well as heart rate. These calming exercises of yoga are good for the heart and can prevent or manage heart diseases. These are the beneficial Yoga poses which will help a person to live a healthy heart life apart from this, these poses will help to bring positivity and happiness in your life, Yoga will also sharpen your concentration level, and also brings a glow to your skin you will yourself experience changes in your health, body, mind, and soul after following or adding yoga to your routine, you will lead a healthy lifestyle and feel refreshing throughout the day.