Practicising yoga not only improves your flexibility. It could potentially beneÃ¯Â¬Ât your heart too: Yogis reportedly have higher – meaning better – heart rate variability (where the time interval between heart beats varies), according to a 2009 Indian study.
To give your pump the boost it needs, try the following heart-friendly asanas (poses) recommended by Morgan Smith, an instructor at Pure Yoga. And practise taking fewer but deeper breaths while you’re at it. Says Morgan: “It’ll help to lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels.”Some poses are not recommended for people with pre-existing health conditions. Consult your physician and speak with your yoga teacher before practising yoga.