According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, causing about 1.5 million heart attacks each year. Recent research has shown yoga and meditation to reduce blood pressure, lower the pulse rate, improve the elasticity of the arteries, regulate heart rhythm, and increase the heart’s stroke volume. All of these factors can help prevent and control heart disease.
Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind, and studies have shown that a daily meditation practice can reduce the amount of fatty deposits in the arteries, as well as lower blood pressure. Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Yoga Meditation or Heart Chakra Meditation.
Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.