Yoga has been around for well over 5,000 years. Thousands of fitness
groups are currently practicing yoga and experiencing a multitude of
health benefits from it. Yoga is anything but a trend, and is far and
away one of the best exercise programs that anyone can include in their
fitness regimen. Long-term yoga practitioners in the United States have
reported musculoskeletal and mental health improvements, as well as
reduced symptoms of asthma in asthmatics. Regular yoga practice
increases brain levels and has been shown to improve mood and anxiety
more than some other metabolically matched exercises, such as
walking.The three main focuses of Hatha yoga (exercise, breathing, and
meditation) make it beneficial to those suffering from heart disease.
Overall, studies of the effects of yoga on heart disease suggest that
yoga may reduce high blood pressure, improve symptoms of heart failure,
cardiac rehabilitation, and lower cardiovascular risk factors.