Saturday, February 2, 2013

Yoga May Benefit People With Irregular Heartbeats

The latest in yoga research has revealed once again the all-encompassing health benefits from practicing yoga. It's crazy to me, that people think yoga is 'just stretching' or a 'whole lotta breathing.' Sometimes you have to smile and nod when people tell me these types of things about yoga. 



The good news is: more and more studies reveal what so many of us already know about yoga. It will change your life - from the inside out. According to Forbes.com, "A small study published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that yoga may benefit people who have atrial fibrillation. The study, which the authors describe as “a small, proof-of-concept study,” is the first of its kind. The findings raise the possibility that yoga may reduce AF symptoms and arrhythmia burden. Other physiological and quality of life benefits were also observed." 


The Forbes article goes on to read: 
"Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy and colleagues studied 52 consecutive patients with persistent paroxysmal AF  and stable medical therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. After an initial three month control period patients received three months of yoga training. 
Compared to the end of the control period, at the end of the yoga period there was a significant reduction in the number of symptomatic AF episodes, symptomatic non-AF episodes, and asymptomatic AF episodes. 22% of patients who had an AF episode in the control period had no episodes during the yoga period.
In addition, at the end of the yoga period there were significant improvements in several quality of life measures (physical functioning, general health, vitality, social functioning, and mental health) as well as significant reductions in heart rate and blood pressure."





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