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ilikeyoga2010-07-04 13:33:50 +0000 #1
I have read many books on Yoga. But the benefit derived for the heart because of yoga is not mentioned in any of the books .No doubt in yogasanas all most all the inner parts get benefit with various asanas, but not the heart. Can anyone enlighten me on this subject.How does the cholestrol and tryglycerides will be reduced in Asanas and how will LDL be reduced and HDL increase.Please mention the name of the asanas which do good for the heart
justwannabe2010-07-04 13:35:46 +0000 #2
well I think yoga is pretty much all about the heart, trying to live from the heart center, trying to live in love, etc... Heart openers? cobra pose, back bends, wheel pose, bridge pose, prayer pose

I am sure someone else can be more precise then I am. BUt basically to tell if it is a heart opener if the arms go away from the chest it will be opening on the heart, of course some much more then others. as far as ldl, hdl's etc...

good asanas for those would be lettuce, greens, fruits, vegtables, healthy eating etc... The color of the heart center is supposedly green so green foods supposedly help nurish it, white foods as well because inside white is every color. 20+ minutes of walking is also great for the heart and health in general.

Nonjudgement is also good for the heart, I am expanding in nonjudgement makes heart happy

I hope you find what you seek

Nichole2010-07-04 14:08:38 +0000 #3
Hello and welcome,

Look to books and schools that work with Yoga therapeutics and wellness; these are in the minority of what is being offered as Yoga in the West, but they will have protocols to address cardiovascular health. You will find that asana is the smallest portion of the Yoga practices that will be therapeutic for this condition. Diet, pranayama and stress reduction are the primary protocols for heart health.

Disease moves into solidness/tamas/kapha when it goes uncared for in the subtler, initial vata state and pitta states. It progresses vata, pitta and into kapha. Where you are in that progression will determine how it should be addressed specifically for you.

Check out the work of Dean Ornish: . I have studied with Nischala Devi who helped develop the Yogic component of Ornish's study that resulted in the reversal of artherosclerosis in some of the study's participants--she is a truly lovely teacher. Nischala Devi: also offers a Yoga of the Heart program where she offers the work that she did with Ornish.

Depending on yourself, you may also connect with the work of


Satyananda Saraswati and Dr Swami Karmananda of the Bihar School of Yoga. They have published a book, entitled, Yoga

and Cardiovascular Management: www.yogamandalastudi...wati/BSY%20stock.htm .

Highest regards,



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