YOGA FOR Heart Disease


Stress is a big contributor to heart disease; stress hormones raise both blood pressure and heart rate, increase the likelihood of blood clots and, longer-term, stimulate appetite, sending us reaching for high-fat, sugary, comfort food. 

Reducing stress is therefore essential in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. 

Clinical studies suggest yoga can reduce stress and anxiety, and improve wellbeing and quality of life. Clinical studies list benefits including reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol, lowering blood glucose and triglycerides, improvements in cardiovascular rhythm, regressing coronary lesions and improving myocardial function. This is what can make yoga helpful as a supplementary heart disease treatment. 

NB. Although more gentle form of yoga can work to reduce stress, more vigorous forms of yoga are required to improve cardio-respiratory fitness in those of us who are unfit or sedentary. One study found ‘Yoga practice incorporating sun salutation postures exceeding the minimum bout of 10 minutes may contribute some portion of sufficiently intense physical activity to improve cardio-respiratory fitness.’

What the clinical studies say


  • Improves quality of life 
  • Improves well being 
  • Improving myocardial perfusion 
  • Lowers blood glucose 
  • Lowers triglycerides 
  • May aid in the management of CVD 
  • May improve clinical outcomes 
  • Reduces age-related deterioration in cardiovascular function 
  • Reduces blood pressure 
  • Reduces cholesterol 
  • Reduces stress 
  • Reduction in body mass index 
  • Regression of coronary lesions 
  • Substantial risk factor reduction
  • Improves cardiovascular rhythm

  • Reduces anxiety