Yoga for your heart health


Our heart is an organ that works continuously even when we fall asleep. It is the most vital organ responsible for pumping blood throughout the body and so it is crucial to take better care of it. Sedentary lifestyle, food habit, and stress are a few things that can disturb the normal functioning of our heart and can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems. In such a condition, yoga is one of the best ways to take care of your heart. Practicing yoga every day can keep your heart healthy.

Setu Bandhasana or Bridge pose

Lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Your legs should be hip-width apart from each other.Your arms should be resting at the sides of your body with the palms facing downwards.Press the feet into the floor, take a deep breath and gently lift your hips up rolling the spine off the floor.Press your arms and shoulders on the ground to lift your chest. Try to engage your legs, buttocks to lift your hips higher. Hold this position for 4-8 breaths and then return to the normal position.

Dhanurasana (Bow pose):

Lie flat on your stomach with the legs and feet together and the arms and hands beside the body. Bend the knees and bring the heels close to the lower body. Place the chin on the floor and clasp the hand around the ankles. Take a deep breath and raise your head trunk and legs above the ground in order to lift legs. Pull your hands and legs in the opposite direction. Support the entire body on the floor. Hold the position for as long as is comfortable and then slowly relax the leg muscles, lowering the legs, chest and head to the starting position. Do it a minimum 3 times daily.

Ardha matsyendrasana (Half spinal twist pose)

Bend your knees and then drop your right knees on the mat and bring the right foot close to your left hip. Now bring your left ankle close to your right leg. Raise your right arm overhead and then take it back and place your hand on the mat behind your hip.Now raise the right arm overhead and lower it on to the left thigh as you twist to face left.Turn your neck, waist, and shoulders towards the right, to see over your right shoulder. Keep your spine erect and take a few breaths.Hold this pose for a few seconds and then return to the starting position. Repeat the same on the other side.