Yoga can be used to improve heart health as a preventive measure or after facing a cardiac event, said Kuerschner, a NURSE who has taught yoga for 25 years and is also president of Population Well Inc (Corporate Wellness) and TRUE studio.

Why yoga?

Thinking prevention? As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, Kuerschner said yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function and heart rate, and boost circulation and muscle tone. It can also improve your overall well-being while offering strength-building benefits.

Yoga also has proven benefits for those who have faced cardia arrest, heart attack or other heart event, according to Kuerschner. “The acute emotional stress of such an event certainly has a significant and adverse effect on the heart,” she said. “That’s where yoga can be a tremendous benefit to manage the stress.” For example, Kuerschner said that half of bypass surgery patients go through depression, facing emotions ranging from anxiety to grieving. “All these things come into play when you’ve got a potentially chronic disease to manage for the rest of your life.”

The calming benefits of yoga may help with that — and you may see benefits right away. After your first yoga class, your blood pressure will likely be lower, you’ll be relaxed and you’ll feel better, Kuerschner said.

Long-term, sustained yoga may play a role in improving overall health, according to Kuerschner.

“The more energy you put into it, the more you’re going to get out of it,” she said. “After 12 weeks, you may see a dramatic increase in exercise functionality, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels may decrease.” If you have heart disease, diabetes or are obese check with your doctor before starting a yoga program. “I highly recommend going to a qualified and trained  medical yoga instructor,” Kuerschner said.

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