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Gentle yoga a foundation for healthy habits

According to Harvard Health, regular yoga practice with its emphasis on the mind-body connection might be a useful tool to protect heart health and reduce certain risks. Gentle yoga, taught by the Adair County Health Department each year, is a good way to get started.

According to a review published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, researchers analyzed over 300 studies and found that among individuals with coronary artery disease -- plaque buildup in the arteries -- regular yoga sessions were linked to better blood pressure, improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, healthier body mass index and better quality of life.

The researchers also found evidence that when combined with conventional medical care, yoga might be helpful for people with atrial fibrillation or heart palpitations.

But even if your heart is in perfect working order, you can still reap benefits from regular yoga practice. According to Harvard Health, yoga's effect on sleep can directly impact other health issues, such as obesity and depression. And the emphasis on deep, even breathing can be useful in managing stress, which contributes to a host of health conditions.

Another advantage? Yoga's accessibility. Though you may prefer the community atmosphere of a class, those who like to practice at home can find an endless array of online classes for every style and difficulty level, including people with disabilities, children, seniors and others.

This story was posted on 2022-01-14 08:41:21
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