Tachycardia is the scientific name for arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. The heart beats to a steady rhythm of between 60 to 100 times a minute, depending on activity levels of the person at that time. A racing heart beat or palpitations may not be a problem, if it happens occasionally.
There can be a number of reasons why people have tachycardia, but invariably it is due to stress. Yoga is a great stress reliever, and even though the practice of yoga may actually set your heart racing, it is due to physical activity not palpitations. It will eventually relax the body and the mind.
There are no specific poses (asanas) that you need to follow. Any asana is good because they all work to keep your heart healthy. Following a simple beginner’s program of yoga, including the basic Hatha Yoga poses will be effective. Consult a yoga instructor or check at a local yoga studio for the same. Food and medication also can cause tachycardia with a number of fat loss medicines increasing the metabolic rate to help burn fat. Obviously, you have to stay away from this kind of medication.
Food such as coffee and habits like smoking also contribute towards tachycardia. Hence, eating a well-balanced diet, not smoking or drinking, exercising regularly and following stress management options like yoga, tai chi or meditation will go a long way towards setting right your problem without the use of medication.
Submitted by C D on July 30, 2013 at 12:52