Does yoga steady your heartrate?
A new study out of The University of Kansas shows that yoga decreases episodes of cardiac arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat whose symptoms can include chest pains, dizziness, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.
The research was conducted by Jeannie Drisko, MD and Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD. (The latter grew up in India with a yoga-teacher father.) Here's what they did: Participants with arrhythmia spent three months doing their normal exercise routines. Over the next three months, they attended three yoga classes a week, which included pranayama, asanas, meditation, and relaxation.
At the end of the study, not only did the frequency of irregular heartbeat episodes decrease, but the participants also reported less anxiety and depression. Lakkireddy says:
findings are important because many of the current conventional
treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation include invasive procedures
or medications with undesirable side effects. Success with these
therapies varies widely, and they are often only modestly effective in
controlling heart rhythm. It appears yoga has a
significant impact on helping to regulate patients' heart beat and
improves their overall quality of life. Any intervention that helps in
reducing or controlling the arrhythmia burden in atrial fibrillation can
have a huge impact on public health."
We want to know: What health issue has yoga helped you with?