All it takes to protect your most precious organ – the heart is a simple set of lifestyle practices. Your heart health is extremely vital and even the smallest complication can lead to death or seriously threaten your life. However, there is a large majority of people who do not pay attention to their heart health. It could lead to heart problems, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stress and anxiety, etc. India.com contacted Himalayan Siddha, Grand Master Akshar to find out how yoga can be practiced effectively by those who suffer from heart disease.Also Read – Health Department Revised Covid-19 Guidelines Recommend No Wearing Masks For Children Under 5, Full Details Inside; Watch the video
There are simple and easy yoga practices that you can inculcate in your daily life. This will ensure that your heart stays healthy, which in turn leads to overall well-being. Making small but effective lifestyle changes like following a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, eating, exercising, and practicing meditation can do wonders for you. Follow these simple practices to benefit your heart and your physical and mental well-being. Start by devoting at least 20 minutes a day to yoga or any form of exercise. You can practice each of the following techniques in a sequence or do them according to your comfort. Read also – Yoga for beginners: 5 asanas to start
1. Yoga for a healthy heart: Pranamasana
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- Start at Samastithi
- Stand straight with your spine aligned and a straight posture
- Relax your shoulders and bring your feet together
- Bring your palms together in front of your chest, making sure your elbows are aligned with your wrists.
- Look straight ahead or close your eyes
- Inhale and exhale gently
2. Yoga for a healthy heart: Hridaya Mudra
A powerful mudra, the Hridaya Mudra is also called Apan Vayu Mudra or Mritsanjeevani Mudra. It is known to help as first aid for heart attacks.
Hridaya Mudra (Heart Mudra) is valuable for those who have suffered from heart disease including heart attack. The mudra balances the Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra) by pressing the thumb (fire element), ring finger (earth element), and middle finger (space element) together at the ends. This combination of the elements of fire, earth and space and the pressure at the tips of these fingers has scientific significance. It helps to detoxify and cleanse the body. It increases the supply of oxygen to the heart, thus improving the power and function of the heart.
- Sit in a meditative pose such as Sukhasana or Padmasana and keep your back straight. You can also sit in a chair with your back straight
- Bring the tip of your index finger together to gently touch the base of your thumb. Touch the tip of your middle finger, ring finger, and thumb.
- Straighten your little finger
- Do this with both hands and place the backs of your palms on your knees
- Close your eyes and direct your attention to your breathing
- Helps direct oxygen to the heart
- Controls all heart-related issues
- Checks blood pressure
- Redirects prana to the heart, controlling any heart-related issues.
- Also opens the heart on an emotional level, balancing emotions and tensions
- Also balances the digestive fire in our body
- Treats insomnia, migraine and asthma
Prevention is better than cure and yoga is a miraculous practice that prevents diseases and ailments. Yoga not only keeps your heart strong, but also strengthens your immune system, improves the functioning of all your organs and even helps you maintain a balanced weight.