Exercising for a period of 30-45 minutes every day goes a long way to ensure the arteries remain flexible and keep your heart healthy. However, practising yoga asana can substantially lower your risk of heart problems. Ms Anjali Malhotra, Chief Customer Marketing & Digital Officer Aviva Life insurance lists 5 yoga postures you must practise daily to prevent heart disease.
Known to open up the heart space, virabhadrasana is good for the heart. When you hold the posture, the heart rate goes up, improves blood circulation and hence, is great for the heart.
This asana expands the chest region by lifting up the sternum or the chest bone. The muscular contraction and release helps to-maintain the circulatory rhythm and keep the heart healthy.
Also known as the cobra pose, bhujangasana, opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs, improving the heart and lung function. It also promotes spinal flexibility and strength.
It is a total body workout as it not only works the muscles of the arms and legs, but also stimulates the diaphragm and heart. Hence, this asana is not only good for the heart but also for the other organs of the body.
Vrikshasana or tree pose, this asana improve blood circulation in the heart and also calms the mind. It not only improves the balance but also lowers the risk of ischaemic heart disease.