It is no surprise that yoga has many health benefits. In fact, many in the medical community prescribe yoga to promote cardiovascular health and manage heart conditions.
“If more of my patients practiced yoga, I would have more time to practice yoga.” So says Dr. Gervasio Lamas, chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and he not only prescribes the ancient Hindu practice, but he takes the medicine, too.
“As you move into your 50s you get these funny aches and pains. Yoga chases that away,” he said. “I remember when I was beginning to get up in the morning, different, random, stupid things would hurt. My wife got me to start doing yoga and it all went away.”
The key to this is strength, flexibility and balance. It consumes calories. You get stronger. If you work your way into a vigorous yoga practice there are cardiovascular benefits associated with it. You have the opportunity to make it as hard or as easy as you want.
Reduce stress, strengthen muscles, strengthen bones, help your heart. So what are you waiting for?
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