With yoga’s increasing popularity among fitness enthusiasts, it is inevitable to still have people who are skeptical over its effectiveness. Yoga is a form of exercise which has sprung from an ancient Indian tradition of meditation. Yoga or “union” seeks to attain enlightenment and be in union with yourself or a higher being.
While yoga is branded as a slow and not considered as aerobic exercise thus it doesn’t offer the same health benefits. However, a recent study has proven than yoga is more than just about relaxation, meditation and de-stressing. It is in fact a great practice for a healthier heart.
A study was released in 2014 by the United Nations showing that yoga, which originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, may contribute to heart health as much as doing aerobic workouts like cycling or brisk walking.
Based on a review of 37 clinical trials, researchers found that doing yoga, with its breath control and body stretches, lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.