Principles and Practices of Yoga for Healthy Heart


Heart is one of the important gateways of healthy life. The process of circulation through the cardiovascular system plays a significant role in the supply of energy through the stream of blood circulation which is effectively achieved through the healthy heart. When the venous return brings the deoxygenated blood to the circulatory system, after the oxygenation through the pulmonary stretch the oxygenated blood reaches different parts of the body to provide the proper nourishments to the millions of the cells of different systems and organs.

Heart diseases are increasing on account of irregular life style and too much stressful conditions of the modern life. These factors are related with too much disturbances in the physiological process of our body.  The distractions of the physical body brings the undesired changes in eh chemical composition of the system such as  in the case of Anxiety, there is imbalances in the harmony of the hormones and the rhythms of the heart beats are affected  leading to the disease conditions like hypertension.

Yoga is one of the great practical philosophies to bring the harmony of the mind and body which together brings the health of the heart. The experience of the mental stress has an impact on the workings of the heart. This phenomenon is approached in yoga with holistic concept in order to ensure the harmony of the mind, body and emotions for the rhythmic expression of our energy in the system to support healthy circulation.

Yoga Teacher Training Course in India takes the account of the chakras of the energetic anatomy and physiology of the body in relationship with the emotions for the role of healthy heart. Heart is the location of the Anahata chakra which is associated with the emotions which are rooted in the likes and dislikes of an individual based on the nature of the affliction of attraction or repulsion.

Research in Yoga on Heart has shown that the cultivation of healthy habits of nurturing the positive emotions purify the heart and contributes for its good health. Principles of Chitta Prasadana as explained in the curriculum of Ashtanga Yoga of sage Patanjali harmonizes the behavior of our emotions. Regulation of the afflictions through the wisdom is another important teachings of Yoga philosophy for the stable emotions.

Practices of the  Hatha Yoga Training Curriculum  such as Asana, Pranayma, meditation  and relaxation techniques are useful in the prevention of many of the heart related diseases and the promotion of the healthy cardio vascular system

 The inverted asanas help a lot through the increase of venous return as well as the support of the assistance of the force of gravity due to the change in the body position .The Pranayama practices reduce the stress and strain due to the deep and long breathing patterns. The techniques like Yoga Nidra and meditation practices are found to be useful in the regulation of the brain waves pattern, particularly the dominance of Alpha waves, which alter the physiology of the heart the through the role of stable autonomic nervous system.