Yoga is an excellent exercise. Not only is it a great, and multilevel workout that can be tweaked for any fitness level, but yoga has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, depression, increase circulation, and greatly improve breathing abilities.
Among its many achievements as a great all around exercise that can be used by people of all fitness levels and ages, but now there are studies showing that regular yoga practice can HALVE the risk of something called atrial fibrulation, or irregular heartbeat.
Irregular heartbeats are a lot more common than you’d think. I’ve actually experienced them a few times. It’s as if you feel your heart is “fluttering”, like it tripped off of it’s regular pattern of beating and can’t seem to find its footing again. It can be scary.
Many times it’s harmless, but in the elderly especially, atrial fibrulation can lead to strokes and death, and if left unchecked, irregular heartbeat can also be deadly for the young as well.
Studies have shown that yoga may even reduce irregular heartbeat better than some of the drugs that have been prescribed to treat it, which of course come along with a host of unsavory side effects of their own.
The patients in the study underwent yoga practices that involved meditation, breathing exercises and typical yoga exercises which involve a great deal of stretching poses and controlled, focused breathing and relaxation techniques.
Not only did they report about half the incidents of irregular heartbeat episodes, but they also noted that the exercise regimen seemed to greatly decrease their depression and anxiety that is typically related to an irregular heartbeat.
Heart monitors were attached to the patients and detected such significant changes and improvements in their heart rates and regularity that the study’s author is now recommending yoga as part of a treatment regimen in irregular heartbeat patients.
This is great news considering a great deal of the treatment options had to do with drugs and invasive procedures!