A regular yoga practice can strengthen, tone, and relax the heart in amazing ways.

A healthy heart is a stress-free heart.  While this may be challenging to achieve in the often disquieting nature of modernity, there are many ways to combat the habitual stresses we experience.  Yoga is one of the most powerful ways to deal with stress on our minds, bodies, and namely our hearts.  For the circulatory system, yoga works wonders.  In standing poses, the lateral wall of the heart is completely stretched and toned up so that there is healthy blood flow on the walls.  Inverted poses allow the lymphatic system of the legs and muscles that help in pumping the blood upward to rest.  Horizontal ones reduce blood pressure since the heart and lungs are rested, rejuvenated, and well-ventilated, while bending postures, when done mindfully and without strain, can improve blood supply to the myocardium and will tone up the cardiac muscle.  Yoga can also be cardiovascular in nature depending on the pace at which you travel through specific poses.  The sun salutation, for instance is an excellent series of poses linked together that will get the heart pumping and blood flowing.  Let your breath guide you through these poses, as the deep inhalation and exhalation relaxes the mind and greatly reduces stress to the heart.

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