Yoga Calms Irregular Heartbeat, Cuts Stroke Risk

Yet another reason to hit the mat. A new study says that yoga can halve the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, which often lead to strokes. There's also good news for advanced yogis:

In the study, participants hit the mat for 45-minutes, three times a week. (Very manageable, right?!)

US News reports:
In the new trial, 49 patients between the ages of 25 and 70 who had atrial fibrillation participated in a supervised yoga program, conducted 45 minutes a week, three times a week for three months. Sessions involved breathing exercises, various positions (asanas), meditation and relaxation. The participants were also given an educational DVD and encouraged to practice daily at home.

During the three months of yoga practice, participants experienced an average of 2.1 episodes of atrial fibrillation as compared to an average of 3.8 episodes occurring the three months prior to the start of classes, when they were exercising but not yet doing yoga.
And there's good news for advanced yogis, too:
"Advanced yogis for a long time have disproven the idea that heart rate that automatically determined by physiological need," noted Dr. Scott Shurmur, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "We know that meditation, yoga etc, really do provide some conscious altering of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. This is the first time I've seen results on atrial fibrillation and its tangible evidence."
Namaste to that!


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