We are all advocates of yoga here at Dalton Wise, and today’s ‘Good News Monday’ post is all about this form of exercise.

According to a recent study of 538 patients, yoga has almost halved the number of symptoms amongst those with the common heart condition Atrial fibrillation (AF). The condition is potentially fatal and causes palpitations, breathlessness, dizziness, fatigue, chest pain and racing pulse. AF is not an unusual condition as it typically affects one in four middle-aged adults in Europe and the US and it causes up to 30% of strokes.

The study involved the participants attending 30-minute sessions which involved postures and breathing, every other day for 16 weeks. They also were encouraged to practice the same poses at home daily. The gentle exercise regime resulted in significant improvements for the participants. When they were not practising yoga, the participants experienced 15 symptomatic bouts of AF on average, whereas this was reduced to eight when doing yoga. Their average blood pressure also significantly decreased.

Dr Naresh Sen, lead author of the study said: “Our study suggests yoga has wide-ranging physical and mental health benefits for patients with atrial fibrillation and could be added on top of usual therapies.”

In another study by Dr Sen, 2,500 heart attack patients were assessed and it was found that those practising yoga were 16% less likely to die in the next five years.

Yoga has many physical benefits including increased flexibility, increased muscle strength, improved respiration and energy, improved cardio and circulatory health, and protection from injury. If you can’t make it to a class, there are plenty of YouTube videos you can follow along to.

Check out last week’s Good News Monday blog about Italy’s oldest graduate HERE

For more information on yoga and it’s potential health benefits click HERE

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