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Effective Yoga for Seniors

Heart problems and heart failures are a very common concern all over the world and the fact that they can be fatal means that one should take every effort to guard their bodies against these dangers. Yoga is a highly regarded discipline that is based on ensuring that the energies of the body and mind are focused in the same direction. There are many different types of yoga that serve to improve certain aspects of the human body. Meditation, for instance, is a major part of the entire yoga experience and plays a vital role in training the human mind to be aware of certain aspects as well as de-stressing the body and mind. 

There are a number of variations of yoga for heart patients as well as exercises for heart failure patients that you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle.Kapalbhati breathing is one such form of yoga that requires the individual to rapidly breathe in while also consciously controlling the movement of the diaphragm. One of the most important benefits of this form of yoga for heart patients is that it not only exercises the entire respiratory system, but also ensures richer blood circulation to the cardiovascular muscles in the body. The yoga mountain pose, more commonly known as the Tadasana, is a balanced standing posture that is considered to be the foundation of any other yoga asana and starts from a standing position with the heels and big toes touching each other with the weight balanced evenly on the metatarsals. You should then stiffen up the calf muscles, knee caps, thighs and hips before taking the stomach in and expanding the chest, neck and spine. Release any tension in the finger muscles and allow the hands to drop by your side, but maintaining the stiffness in them.  

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Respiratory Tract Problems
In all Respiratory Tract Problems, people practising Yoga stand a better chance of having the ability to control their breathing patterns. Through Yogic breathing exercises (Pranayama) one can control an attack of severe shortness of breath. Best of all, without any medical assistance.

Research, done at Yoga centers around the world, has shown remarkable results in alleviating asthma symptoms. It has also shown that the practice of Yoga can usually curtail and even prevent asthma attacks. That too, without having to resort to drugs or steroids.

Regular Yoga practice also brings about drastic reduction in anxiety levels; more than drug therapy. Medical practitioners are of the opinion that Yoga practice helps patients enable them to get access to their own internal resources and greater self-awareness.

Yoga’s relaxation and exercise elements play a major role in treating and preventing high blood pressure (hypertension). A delicate blend of bio-feedback and Yoga breathing exercises (Pranayama) coupled with relaxation techniques (Shavasana) results in lowering Blood Pressure. It also reduces the need for Hypertension medication in patients.

Stress Management
Yoga is known to control and bring down pain by helping the brain's pain center regulate the gate-controlling mechanism. This is situated in the spinal cord and Yoga practices result in the secretion of natural painkillers in the body. Yogic breathing (Pranayama) also helps reduce pain. As out muscles tend to relax when we exhale, elongating the exhalation time helps bring about relaxation and reduce anxiety. Being aware of one’s breathing helps us become calmer, breathe slower respiration relax faster.

Likewise, Yoga is known to help in alleviating Back Pain, Arthritis, Obesity, Rheumatism, Heart Trouble, Varicose Veins, and a host of other ailments

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