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Yoga's Surprising Health Benefits

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Heart Health

Practicing yoga for an hour and a half three times a week can make your heart healthier in just six weeks, says recent research from the Yale University School of Medicine. The 33 men and women who did just that lowered their blood pressure and improved their blood vessels' ability to expand and contract by 17 percent. "How well the blood vessels dilate is a good indication of how healthy the heart is," says Satish Sivasankaran, MD, author of the study. Researchers speculate that the improvement is due to the stress-reducing benefits of yoga.

Pose Rx: Legs-up-the-wall

Sit with right hip against a wall. Lie back and turn to swing legs up the wall. Allow your chest to gently stretch, increasing the flow of oxygen to your heart. Extend your legs toward the ceiling, keeping them slightly separated. Hold for five minutes, breathing deeply.

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purehealthretre wrote:

Any exercise will give you a healthier heart, a better nights sleep and of course feeling better. Yoga is good but I think it should be taken with other additional exercise, such as running, swimming etc.

9/24/2014 04:45:52 PM Report Abuse
a3984502 wrote:

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2/13/2012 07:06:50 AM Report Abuse

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