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Indian Yoga Plus Aerobic Exercise Associated with Improved Heart Health

Indian yoga is a combination of whole exercise of body, mind, and soul, and is commonly practiced in India. A recent study suggests that heart disease patients who do both Indian yoga and aerobic exercise may have twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index, and cholesterol than patients who do either Indian yoga or aerobic exercise alone.

Participants in the study included 750 people with diagnoses of coronary heart disease. They were placed into one of three groups: 225 performed aerobic exercise, 240 performed Indian yoga, and 285 performed both Indian yoga and aerobic exercise. All three groups did three six months sessions of their intervention.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted similar improvements in blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, weight, and waist circumference in the exercise only and the Indian yoga only groups. However, the combined Indian yoga and exercise group had two times greater reductions in all three areas, when compared with the other two groups. They also had significant improvements in left ventricular ejection fraction, diastolic function, and exercise capacity.

Researchers from HG SMS Hospital in India conducted the study. It was presented at the 8th Emirates Cardiac Society Congress in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology Middle East Conference October 19-21, 2017, in Dubai.

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise may help with blood sugar control, body weight reduction, improved heart health, improved respiratory health and reduced risk of dying prematurely.

Practicing yoga has also been linked to better quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, a long- term disease that results in pain all over a person’s body, as well as better balance for stroke survivors and help with easing pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Yoga not only strengthens the body, it also relaxes the mind and may help reduce anxiety.

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