Can Yoga Keep Your Circulatory System Healthy?

Yoga is a discipline which benefits both body, mind and spirit. The body component is taken care of with a series of asanas, which are designed to clear blockages in the circulatory system and ensure that everything is flowing well, which can keep your circulatory system healthy.

It also makes the muscles more flexible and strengthens them very efficiently over time. The circulatory system is an essential part of what keeps us going. It is also referred to as the cardio-vascular system and consists of the heart and the blood vessels. This exercises the heart more efficiently and makes the body burn more calories.

Raise your intensity level to the peak then slow down gradually. It is more efficient to maintain that constant rate as your heart rate is increased. The goal while exercising is to reach your target heart rate and maintain that for the entire time you are exercising that group of muscles.

This will train the heart and lungs to last longer and work more efficiently. People that perform yoga exercise on a regular basis will have to work harder to reach their target heart rate as their endurance increases. People who are only beginning will get to their target heart rate quickly until their body gets used to the exercise.

Cardiovascular Function

The hearts job is to pump blood to different parts of the body and this blood carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the different organs. It travels via the blood vessels. The heart is divided into four compartments that each have a different role.

The compartment on the upper right is responsible for collecting the incoming impure blood from all over the body and moving it on to the lower right compartment. The lower right compartment sends the blood on to the lungs for purification. The purified blood is then returned to the heart – this time in the upper left ventricle from where it is moved into the lower left compartment and then back out as fresh, pure blood to the remainder of the body.

The blood is primarily carries through main arteries that are thick tube like structures leading from the heart around the body. The arteries branch into many sub arteries which in turn will divide into thin-walled capillaries. The capillaries interact with the organs directly and due to their thin walls they pass oxygen and nutrients to the organs and tissues that need them the most.

The used resources are ejected from the tissue and back into the capillaries to be fed on through specialized veins to return the impure blood back to the heart to start the entire process once more. This is a difficult job as the pressure has decreased this far from the heart so the veins are assisted by valves to regulate the flow.

Healthy Circulatory System

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The important thing to understand about the way the circulatory system is set up is that it has two main parts, the blood system and the lymphatic system. It is the job of the lymphatic system to remove waste from the circulatory system.

The two different systems run almost side by side but while the blood system has a pump – the heart – the lymphatic system does not have a single organ designed to power its operations. This job falls to the muscles, which pump the lymphatic system by contracting and expanding. This is of course where Yoga comes in.

This strengthening and constant working of these muscles pumps the lymphatic system and makes out body many times more efficient at the removal of waste matter. As a result people who practice Yoga regularly can expect that they will have a greatly enhanced immune response system and be able to deal with infection and disease better than their non-Yogi counterparts.

Furthermore, the benefits start before this. Yoga sessions will usually begin with a series of standing exercises emphasizing long slow breathing exercises. These breathing exercises are common to all forms of yoga and force us to concentrate on our breath and it’s pathway trough the body each time we take a fresh breath.

The exercises are designed especially so that people are not restricted in where and when they can practice them and ideally would use them instead of our slower shallower normal breathing pattern.

Because the breaths are longer and deeper the oxygen intake is increased. Combined with the enhancing effects that the exercises have on the regularity of circulation in the blood system the oxygen is much more efficiently transported to the muscles of the body. If these muscles, along with our other organs and tissues are not receiving the oxygen and nutrients we need then we starve them and become ill as a result.

Yoga for Optimum Health

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People who want all the perks of yoga exercise and are unsure of where to start may get started with a class. In yoga a class, you can do high or lower intensity cardiovascular. The class instructor should be able to show class members how to perform these moves either way.

Any exercise may be somewhat difficult to do at first, but it is absolutely obligatory for cardiovascular health. It is an ongoing process and takes regular yoga sessions to keep a fit body. Three times a week is generally how frequently a person should work out if they are already in fairly good cardiovascular shape. Four to five intervals a week should be the intervals of people who are attempting to lose weight and elevate their degree of health.

What Is Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease, also known as CVD, is the number one killer of men and women of all ethnic groups in the World. Cardiovascular diseases include such ailments as high blood pressure, arrhythmia, valve disease, congestive heart failure and stroke. Though worries of more “high profile” diseases such as breast cancer are on the forefront in many women’s minds, the hard truth is that one in four women are affected with some form of cardiovascular disease.

Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases are things such as high blood pressure, obesity, abnormal blood glucose, and even the use of tobacco, among other factors. When caught at an early age, these risk factors can be muted to help prevent manifesting themselves as cardiovascular disease later on.

Altering your lifestyle can help to lower your chances for cardiovascular diseases. Such alterations as eating a diet that is low in fat and cholesterol, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, drinking enough water daily, and exercising for half an hour a day are always that physicians suggest can assist in lowering your chances for cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular diseases are known as silent killers, as they often have no symptoms. If you think you may be having any symptoms of heart disease, you should speak to your doctor about the many tests available. Doctors often begin with simple tests, the results of which can lead to tests that are more complex.

In connection with cardiovascular disease are “extra” heartbeats, which typically happen when there is an irritation in the lower part of the heart’s pumping chambers. They interrupt the normal heart rhythm, which can feel like a missed beat. This can actually be a harmless “quirk” of your body’s functions, or can lead to problems that are far more serious.

If you have these palpitations or any other symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, or shortness of breath, you should contact your doctor right away. A complete medical history, physical exam, and other tests will be run to determine the cause of these behaviors, which can be anything from stress-related behavior to something far more dangerous. The advice and consultation of a physician where heart disease is concerned is the only way to go.


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As you can see Yoga is of great assistance to the complex and interlocking system of circulation. It recognizes the basis and importance of the system and helps to begin it back into balance.

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I’m happy to help any way that I can.

copywrightNamaste Shane.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet


2 thoughts on “Can Yoga Keep Your Circulatory System Healthy?”

  1. Good day Shane, I’m pleased to meet you.

    I love this article, it is very important and interesting. I have learned a lot here, and it’s great that Yoga is of great assistance to the complex and interlocking system of circulation, and recognizes the basis and importance of the system and helps to begin it back into balance, as you outlined.

    This is helpful, thanks for sharing.


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