Yoga Therapy for the heart
A growing body of research shows that practicing yoga is good for the heart. But we're not talking about the kind of yoga that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat. While exercise is also important for heart health, the American Health Association's recommendation for yoga is in addition to the recommended 150-minute-per-week of moderate activity. Yoga for the heart is a practice that is simple, gentle, and easeful and that helps you to connect with the body, calm the emotions, relax the mind, and find peace within.
I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and, since 2013, I have been working with Dr. Dean Ornish, a pioneer in research on the benefits of the use of yoga as therapy for chronic disease, helping bring yoga to hospitals. For the past three decades, Dr. Ornish has conducted numerous studies demonstrating that holistic lifestyle changes, including a regular yoga practice, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol naturally, and can even reverse heart disease without prescription medications or surgery.
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is a rehabilitation specialty that uses yogic practices to address physical, emotional, and psychological issues or dysfunctions in a way that is complementary to Western medical and psychological knowledge.
I have been a Yoga Teacher since 2010 and, in 2016, became certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I work with heart patients in hospitals and private settings and teach other yoga teachers and yoga therapists to do the same.
How is yoga therapy different from traditional yoga classes?
Unlike traditional yoga classes, yoga therapy is typically conducted one-on-one. It is similar to physical therapy in that it is a personalized treatment based on your specific life circumstances, symptoms, goals, and concerns.
How is yoga therapy similar to traditional yoga classes?
Both yoga therapy and traditional yoga classes understand and approach the human being as an integrated body-mind-spirit system that functions optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.