A small but promising body of research suggests that yoga’s combination of stretching, gentle activity, breathing, and mindfulness may have special benefits for people with cardiovascular disease. This body of work suggests that yoga may
• reduce high blood pressure
• improve symptoms of heart failure
• ease palpitations
• enhance cardiac rehabilitation
• lower cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones
• improve balance, reduce falls, ease arthritis, and improve breathing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
For more, read this May 10, 2011 Health Beat, a Harvard Health Newsletter.