Yoga Could Be A Potential Therapy For Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolic Syndrome

First Posted: Dec 29, 2014 03:08 PM EST

Aerobic fitness can help to get the heart going and reduce certain health problems associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Yet could yoga work as a potential therapy for the problem, along with issues associated with metabolic syndrome?

New findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology examine the potential effectiveness of yoga as a treatment for this health problem.

"A lot of people seem to underestimate the physical benefits of yoga," said Denver therapist Julie Rudiger, via WebMD. "But the practice has made me stronger and more flexible, physically and emotionally."     

Not only is yoga physically beneficial, it also helps the physical conscious practice something called "mind-body" fitness that emphasizes both physical and mental strength. 

"The movements [also referred to as poses or postures] strengthen your body and improve your flexibility by teaching you how to move your body and focus your mind," added Kevin W. Chen, PhD, associate professor in the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in a news release

The results of the study support previous reviews showing how yoga holds a concrete, physiological outcome that helps to represent some of the greatest health burdens today.

More information regarding the findings can be seen via the article "The effectiveness of yoga in modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

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