Yoga is an exercise known to bring peace to your mind. Now, it may even be able to bring peace to your heart as well. This is according to research at the University of Kansas Hospital. They are discovering that a consistent amount of time spent on practicing yoga breathing and stretching exercises could aid in keeping potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorders in check.
According to a KU Hospital study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, as little as two one-hour yoga sessions per week has the ability to help in significantly reducing the number of episodes of rapid, out-of-control heartbeats experienced by patients with atrial fibrillation. These patients also managed to cut down on their blood pressure as well as lower their levels of anxiety and depression. So far, the outcome of this preliminary study has been so promising that two similar yoga studies at KU Hospital are enrolling patients, suffering from other disorders that cause faulty heart rhythms. “Yoga is not a solution in itself, but it provides very profound effects. It’s not a drug, it’s not a (medical procedure). It’s something you can do in your living room for not very much money,” stated Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, KU heart specialist.
Dhanunjaya intends to figure out if yoga is capable of helping other patients too. He has already started recruiting people with tachycardia, another rhythm disorder with accelerated heart rates, and syncope, a disorder that causes fainting when the heart stops beating temporarily. However, his studies are too small to conclude that yoga is definitely effective. He hopes that he will be able to persuade the National Institutes of Health to assist in financing a large-scale research, which could probably help to determine with more certainty what yoga is capable of achieving.
Yoga, along with meditation, breathing exercises and sometimes, challenging poses, have been around for more than 5,000 years. As it is known for its ability to bring about inner peace, it is often being recommended to heart and cancer patients as a method of relieving stress. Research has provided insights on how yoga can lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. However, there has still been little study aimed at using yoga as a medical treatment. For the full story, do check it out here.