6 Heart-Health Benefits of Yoga, 4 of 6

A six-part series from everydayhealth.com by Ashley Welch and reviewed by Michael Cutler, DO, PhD.

Heart Health Benefit #4: Yoga May Lower Your Blood Pressure

Yoga may play a role in managing hypertension, according to a review of studies published in the American Journal of Hypertension in 2014. Compared to people who did not exercise, those who participated in a yoga routine for at least eight weeks saw a slight drop in blood pressure. “I would suspect the benefit of yoga here is a combination of improving physical fitness and stress reduction,” says Robert Ostfeld, MD, founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center and associate professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in the Bronx, New York.

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