Yoga Benefits A Healthy Lifestyle

Decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol levels and stress hormones are just some of the ways yoga may make a difference in our overall health and well-being. Learn more about the benefits of yoga from Yoga Instructor Nikki Peters.

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Nikki Peters, Yoga Instructor and Yoga Business Entrepreneur, talks about the benefits of yoga. Running five yoga businesses, I know the challenge of managing stress while working. I find myself needing to practice what I preach daily to attain balance & a healthy lifestyle.

According to the International Journal of Cardiology, yoga may reduce 12 risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including blood pressure, heart rate, lipid levels, abdominal obesity and inflammatory markers.1

Even though research is still being done on the relationship between this time-tested discipline and its affect on the heart, it’s no stretch that yoga may make a difference in our overall health and well-being.5

Lets take a look at how yoga may benefit a healthy lifestyle: 4&5

  • Decrease high blood pressure
  • Decrease heart rate
  • Decrease cholesterol levels
  • Decrease stress hormones
  • Lower inflammation levels in the body
  • Increased awareness and feelings of well-being
  • Improved breathing
  • Ability to access the relaxation response
  • Feelings of connection and empowerment in your life

On this site you have the opportunity to try an introductory level 30-minute yoga practice, click here to get started.

Try practicing at least 3 times weekly and work up to a daily practice. This may be the key to creating a new way of being in our mind & body, one in which we can possibly live with more ease, happiness and health.

Always consult with your health care provider before beginning any exercise program.

Sources

1. The Heart Benefits of yoga. 7/16/2014  http://www.scripps.org/news_items/4860-the-heart-benefits-of-yoga

2. 2014 outlook for the pilates and yoga studios industry.  Yoon Kim 12/2012 http://www.snewsnet.com/news/2014-yoga-pilates-studios/

3. M.Mala Cunningham, Ph.D, counseling psychologist and founder of Cardiac Yoga.  https://www.goredforwomen.org/live-healthy/heart-healthy-exercises/health-benefits-of-yoga/

4. Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, Herbert Benson MD, Alice Domar PhD, Craig Hassed MD, Damien Finniss MD, Sara Lazar PhD, Dean Ornish MD, David Spiegel MD, Esther Sternberg MD, Andrew Weil MD.  The Connection https://www.theconnection.tv

5. Harvard Health Publications. 5/10/2011. “It’s no stretch that yoga may benefit heart disease”. http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/it’s-no-stretch-yoga-may-benefit-heart-disease