Because of their effects on both the physical and energetic bodies, specific types of yoga postures can be used to control and prevent heart disease.
Upper back-bending poses open the chest to improve heart function and respiration. Side-bending poses open the energy channels of the liver, gallbladder and heart to help remove physical and energetic blockages in the heart and chest. Spine lengthening poses promote good posture to reduce compression on the heart and lungs and to facilitate proper functioning of the heart. Shavasana (corpse or relaxation pose) is deeply calming and has been shown to reduce high blood pressure in just a few weeks, and other calming restorative poses will also help reduce stress and blood pressure. Inversions help to rest the heart muscle and improve blood circulation, but are contraindicated with unmedicated high blood pressure.
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