Heart problems can seriously disrupt a person’s quality of life. They can make it difficult to do everyday activities, lead to fatigue, and prevent you from enjoying the things you love. Each one of us wishes to live a healthy lifestyle but heart problems like heart blockages can cause trouble. The disrupted heart conditions affect the way the heart works. But yoga can help in improving heart health and increasing the quality of life. But it’s essential to know how to do yoga poses to offset the negative effects of heart diseases. Yoga helps improve flexibility and breathing capabilities, both of which are important for preventing heart problems in the first place.
The health experts at SAAOL – Science, and Art of Living have been working on improving the life quality of heart patients through EECP treatment. It is a non-invasive heart treatment that helps in treating heart blockages. The experts have listed down 3 yoga poses that a person can practice for a healthy heart.
1. Extended Triangle Pose
Step 1: Spread your feet widely apart while standing upright. Then turn your right foot slightly inward while your left foot is turned out.
Step 2: Turn your face forward, inhale deeply, and raise your arms out to the sides, forming a T with your torso.
Step 3: As you exhale, bring your left hand up to your ankle as much as you can. Bend as much as you can while simultaneously raising your right arm up (pointing towards the ceiling).
Step 4: Align your torso so that the sides are parallel to the ground. Your neck and torso should be parallel.
Step 5: Take three deep breaths while gazing up at your right hand. Repeat the process on the opposite side after that.
While practicing Utthita Trikonasana a person can achieve a balanced combination of heart-opening chest expansion and rooted stability. It works the abdominal muscles while stretching the hamstrings and back.
2. Cow face pose
Step 1: Kneel down on the ground in a comfortable position.
Step 2: Place your right knee exactly on top of your left knee at this point. The legs should be as near as possible to your buttock.
Step 3: Bring your left arm behind you and bend it. Try to touch the shoulders, and raise your hand up.
Step 4: Lift your right arm upward, bending your elbow, and try to interlock your fingers. After maintaining this posture for at least 30 seconds, switch to the opposite side and repeat.
This yoga pose stimulates the heart chakra. This helps in the stimulation of the heart, lungs, thymus, and lymph gland while increasing the immune system. It also encourages abdominal and diaphragmatic breathing.
Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose
Step 1: Kneel on the ground with your feet and lay on your back. Make sure that your legs are at the distance of hip-width apart.
Step 2: Make your arms rest at your sides, palms facing down.
Step 3: Plant your feet firmly on the ground, breathe deeply, and then slowly lift your hips off the ground while rolling your spine off the floor.
Step 4: Lift your chest by pressing your shoulders and arms into the ground. To elevate your hips higher, try to tighten your legs and buttocks. Return to your regular position after holding this position for 4–8 breaths.
This Bridge Pose will assist in reducing stress which is beneficial for the heart. It is also among the finest yoga postures for heart blockage.
SAAOL provides EECP treatment that helps in opening the clogged arteries. While their patients undergo the treatment they also encourage them to practice a healthy lifestyle such as regular exercise, adapting to a healthy diet, and discarding the sedentary habits. As heart problems have been increasing rapidly it’s important to make these changes that will protect our hearts and help us lead a healthy life.