Yoga for cholesterol control

(November 9, 2010)

Which asana helps in controlling cholesterol and how often this should be repeated?


The use of yoga for high blood pressure control has become increasingly popular and accepted, with increasing levels of high cholesterol and heart disease in our modern society.

Yoga for cholesterol control

Several health experts state that natural ways to control cholesterol very effectively. It means regulating the levels of cholesterol in the body, without the use of any medication. Instead, natural methods mean practicing different exercises for cholesterol control and eating foods that either fight cholesterol or are low in cholesterol. In addition to following a healthy diet, that is low in fat & cholesterol as well as exercising each day, practicing yoga for cholesterol control can help reduce the levels of “bad cholesterol” in the body to a great extent. Performing yoga for cholesterol levels reduction usually starts off with the Pranayama, which includes yogic breathing techniques.

It is believed that the Pranayama is the most effective technique of yoga for cholesterol control as it includes, the Kapalbhati, which is supposed to be an excellent way of controlling cholesterol. The right breathing technique improves the circulation of blood and enhances the intake of oxygen all over the body. It also helps the respiratory system to get rid of carbon dioxide, which reduces the impurities that are present in the blood. In this process, there is a reduction of the unwanted chemical responses on the cholesterol molecules. Other effective yoga for cholesterol control poses and technique includes Surya Namaskaar (The Sun Salutation) and Savasana (The Corpse Pose).

Yoga for high blood pressure control

Certain Yoga poses, like the forward bends and shoulder stretches help relieve stress in the shoulders and back region and hence they are good for the reduction of hypertension or high blood pressure. Some of the most effective yoga poses for regulating blood pressure are Sukhasana (The Easy Pose), Bidalasana (The Cat Pose), Ardha Matsyendrasana (The Half Spinal Twist Pose), Pavan Mukhtasana (The Wind Relieving Pose), shoulder stretches and double leg raises, to name a few.

Yoga poses can have an adverse effect on a person, if performed incorrectly and therefore, all yoga sessions should be supervised by a Yoga guru or an expert. Before practicing any yoga exercises, it is important to keep the trainer informed about any existing medical conditions, especially those that are related to the heart or blood pressure. Although natural ways control cholesterol effectively to a great extent without the use of medication, it is important to have a doctor’s supervise one’s overall health improvement at regular intervals. In fact before performing yoga for cholesterol control or even yoga for high blood pressure control, it is absolutely essential to get an approval from a doctor.

Submitted by A on November 9, 2010 at 06:44

Yoga for cholesterol control 

Preliminary yogasanas can help to bring down the level of bad cholesterol in an affected individual. Cholesterol is known to rise with the incidence of stressors around us and environmental stress factors. Hence to bring down the ill effects of stress and its byproducts, a daily regime of meditation practices involving simple breathing techniques, and the use of deep meditative techniques practiced for at least 20 – 30 minutes daily can greatly bring about a feeling of good health and a significant lowering of cholesterol. Breathing exercises, meditation and poses namely the Kapalbhati Pranayama is the perfect combination for lowering cholesterol. Learn more about pranayam yoga breathing techniques.

To perform Kapalbhati Pranayama, sit in a comfortable position. As you relax concentrate on the sound of your breathing. Breathe in as you would normally do. However, as you start to exhale concentrate on the speed of exhaling and how the stomach contracts with every exhalation. As you garner speed on exhalation you will notice that you will be making some sort of a noise while exhaling which is perfectly fine. Kapalbhati Pranayama must be performed for 50 - 60 times daily especially in the mornings. All yogasanas and breathing exercises provide maximum benefit to the individual if practiced upon waking.

Submitted by C D on April 1, 2008 at 04:48

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