yoga, your heart, and cardiovascular disease

A study appeared last month titled “The effectiveness of yoga in modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome”, which concluded “There is promising evidence of yoga on improving cardio-metabolic health”, while also saying “No significant difference was found between yoga and exercise”.

Cardiovascular health is the usual suspects – blood pressure, heart rate, etc.  The health risks associated with high blood pressure is well-known.

“Metabolic syndrome” refers to changes in the body that usually precede the onset of diabetes, etc.  Included in that are cholesterol levels (both total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and triglycerides), and body-mass index.

Exercise if one of the most important things one can do to preserve one’s health and to lead a long and healthy life.  This is important for both physical health and mental sharpness.  This study shows that yoga is one form of exercise that works in this regard.