The Mind, Body, Heart Connection

Exercise that revs up your heart rate isn’t the only kind of physical activity that can help prevent or manage heart disease.

The calming exercise of yoga is good for the heart, too.

“A large number of studies show that yoga benefits many aspects of cardiovascular health,” says Hugh Calkins, MD, Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Johns Hopkins.

“There’s been a major shift in the last five years or so in the number of cardiologists and other professionals recognizing that these benefits are real.”

Pause. Rest. Be.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic is the perfect opportunity for even the most grounded and rock-solid mindsets to get knocked off balance. There is so much happening, and so much (sometimes devastating) information getting thrown at us.

Yoga is a mind-body activity that involves moving through a series of  body poses and breathing exercises that can improve strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation.

Dozens of different formats, or practices, such as hatha, anusara, ashtanga and many others, emphasize different focuses, such as toning, strength training or meditation.

Yoga as a Stress Outlet 

One of yoga’s clearest benefits to the heart is its ability to relax the body and mind. Emotional stress can cause a cascade of physical effects, including the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which narrow your arteries and increase blood pressure. The deep breathing and mental focus of yoga can offset this stress.

What started as an online experiment with my physcal class just before COVID hit to offset the snow days that didn't amount to much snow, became the ability to invite girlfriends and nieces in March 2020, my girlfeind's close friends in her home town, a girlfriend in another time zone,  and my daughters, fully connected when social isolation seemed to characterize our way of life.

Yoga as Exercise? or Yoga as a Lifestyle?

Yoga can also improve flexibility, muscle strength and balance. Because it’s not a form of aerobic exercise that raises the heart rate, however, you shouldn’t count the time you spend doing it as part of your recommended weekly total for moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Yoga is more than a physical Asana Practice.
It's a Lifestyle of Inner Peace, Love, and Joy.

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Inhale Inner Peace,

Exhale Joy.

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