More good yoga news: A healthy heart

After what felt like a flood of news about yoga-related studies on its health benefits, it has been quiet lately on the science front.

But here’s a little something. I’ll let the Harvard Health Blog (best said with a Boston accent) explain:

A recent review of yoga and cardiovascular disease published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology indicates that yoga may help lower heart disease risk as much as conventional exercise, such as brisk walking.

As I write in the April issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, the studies in the review looked at different types of yoga, including both gentler and more energetic forms. The participants ranged from young, healthy individuals to older people with health conditions. Over all, people who took yoga classes saw improvements in a number of factors that affect heart disease risk. They lost an average of five pounds, shaved five points off their blood pressure, and lowered their levels of harmful LDL cholesterol by 12 points.

Those findings actually track well with my own, albeit when I also radically altered my diet.

Posted by Steve

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