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Yoga and the Heart Health Connection

In our modern medical world, the word “evidence-based” is used alot when stating health and medical claims. It’s the medical community’s analogy to the “Show Me!” slogan of the lovely State of Missouri! Give me Proof with the Facts!

Yoga has been practiced for 1,000s of years and research teams abound trying to document and prove its benefits. If you have been doing Yoga for awhile, you can FEEL the benefits without having to see the results on paper.  But, for those wanting more proof… this Yoga Heart Health Study is exciting!

In the December 2014 issue of the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, the findings of researchers at the Harvard University Health Policy Program found:

      “The benefits of Yoga were on par with the positive effects of exercise such as brisk walking.  Researchers… found those randomly assigned to participate in yoga classes had improvements in their weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. ‘This finding suggest that (people).. do not have to ‘pound the pavement’ in order to improve their cardiovascular risk profile.”

What better proof than to try it for Yourself?

Did you know that doing 8 rounds of seated Sun Salutations gives your heart and lungs as much cardio-vascular workout as walking a quarter of a mile? Feel your heat and breath as you move through this flowing sequence that will get you reaching, bending, twisting and feeling good.  Led by Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT and Chair Yoga Teacher and owner of the Yoga Vista Studio in Vista, California.
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