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Teaching Yoga to Students with Heart Problems

restorative yoga instructor certification courseBy Clyde Granger

For Yoga teachers, it is important to know about the health state of your students before teaching Yoga to them. A simple questionnaire and interview process should be in place at the facility where you teach Yoga classes. Aura Wellness Center has these checks and balances in place for the protection of all Yoga students.

For students of Yoga who have mild to moderate heart problems, there are many benefits to a majority of the Yoga poses and positions. It’s important to learn about four proven benefits of incorporating a Yoga routine into the overall exercise regimen of most any individual. To be on the safe side, always check with your physician first before initiating and sustaining any exercise routine.

Yoga Reduces Blood Pressure

By engaging in such poses as the sun salutation, savasana (corpse pose), locust, and lotus, Yoga practitioners with heart problems will diminish both the systolic and diastolic pressure of the blood pumping to and from the heart muscle. This is a direct correlation with significantly reduced blood pressure levels. Hypertensive Yoga students will become and feel much more relaxed in every day life. Their heart muscles will be under much less tension and in a less tightened state during pumping action.

Yoga Makes Arteries and Veins Dilated and More Elastic

Incorporating such common poses as the bridge, cow, camel, bow, and cobra positions, students with heart issues will greatly benefit from the way their veins, arteries, and capillaries expand and contract. Yoga will help enormously in the physiological action of arterial elasticity and venous dilation. The poses where you have to hold yourself for several minutes at a time will allow a much more sufficient amount of freshly oxygenated and nutrient rich blood to flush through your arteries and veins, which will also make them stronger and prevent associated risks of heart attacks and strokes from clogged or burst arteries.

Yoga Reduces Stress on the Circulatory System

Most of the Yoga poses will tremendously improve the continuous, cyclical loop of blood flow that the circulatory system is specifically involved in. By actively moving through a routine of many different poses, the circulatory system will start to relax and will quickly become much less stressed.

This stress reduction will also help alleviate many health problems and conditions. Problems associated with ailments common to other systems such as the digestive system and the immune system, will change for the best because of lower overall stress on the heart muscle itself.

Yogic Deep Breathing Strengthens the Heart and Lungs

The deep breathing requirements of Yoga (pranayama) will additionally benefit both the heart and lungs by strengthening these major organs. Whenever, blood is delivered to the heart in the most purified way possible, the circulatory system benefits.

With expansive breathing techniques, the heart muscle is nourished with oxygen and the metabolized food sources that carry all the essential nutritional constituents to the heart muscle.

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3 thoughts on “Teaching Yoga to Students with Heart Problems”

  1. Most of the Yoga poses will tremendously improve the continuous, cyclical loop of blood flow that the circulatory system is specifically involved in. Thanks for posting this valuable article.

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