World Heart Day: 6 yoga postures to maintain a healthy heart

This World Heart Day, gift yourself a healthier heart and mind through these simple and effective yoga postures.

Published:September 29, 2016 11:08 am
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Thanks to the fast-paced and sedentary lifestyles that many of us are forced to live, health has taken a back seat in our list of priorities. People are more bothered about meeting targets and deadlines than eating and living healthy. Most times, we often forget to even take a deep breath, because we do not stop to think how valuable our lives are. As a result, an increasing number of people see their mental and physical health deteriorating today. More and more of us are becoming patients of not just heart problems, hypertension and cholesterol, but are also battling depression and other mental disorders.

While a culture of paid yoga, meditation and exercise sessions are coming up to make people conscious about their health, there are a lot of these yoga postures and meditation techniques that we can try at home. All we need to do is squeeze out a little time from our busy schedules and put health first.

On this World Heart Day, Nidhi Arora, senior therapist at AktivOrtho, talks about six yoga postures that are simple and can be tried easily at home to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Each yoga posture affects the respiratory system in one way or the other and hence, affects the heart as well.

1. Veerabhadrasana (Warrior pose)

Warrior pose from yoga by woman silhouette on sunset Warrior pose or Veerabhadrasana. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Veerabhadra’s pose is also called as the Warrior Pose. This pose improves body balance and stamina, releases stress and helps maintain a balanced heart rate. This posture is recommended for those with sedentary or deskbound jobs.

2. Trikonasana (Triangle pose)

Trikonasana or triangle yoga pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Trikonasana or triangle yoga pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

The body takes a triangular shape in this asana which is why it is called the trikonasana or triangle pose. The deep breathing involved expands the chest and promotes cardiovascular exercise. The posture increases the body stamina. This asana stretches the muscles and reduces blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. It is especially recommended for pregnant women.

3. Vrikshasana (Tree pose)

Vrikshasana or tree pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Vrikshasana or tree pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

It’s called Vrikshasana because when it is performed effectively, the person looks like a tree. The tree pose calms and brings balance to the mind. It ensures steady and healthy heart functioning. It is beneficial for people suffering from spine deformities, arthritis of joints of upper and lower extremities and weakness in legs and shoulders.

4. Utkatasana(Chair pose)

Utkatasana or chair pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Utkatasana or chair pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Posing to sit on an imaginary chair is more difficult than you thought. And this is exactly what we do in Utkatasana or Chair Pose. In this intense yoga posture, the respiration rate increases, which is why it is a popularly known heating and strengthening posture.

5. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Dhanurasana or bow pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Dhanurasana or bow pose. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

This Yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes while performing the asana i.e. like a bow. The posture improves the strength of the back and lower abdominal muscles. It massages the internal organs and the abdomen and stretches the entire body deeply. Most importantly, the posture opens and strengthens the heart and regulates blood flow and production in the heart.

6. Paschimottanasana (Two-legged forward bend)

Paschimottanasana. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Paschimottanasana or two-legged forward bent. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

It serves as a resting posture, the seated forward bend brings the head lower than the heart. The heart rate and respiration reduce in this case and helps you relax and concentrate.

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