Holistic Heart Health Program
FOUR WEEK PROGRAM – $100
CLOSED – PLEASE CHECK BACK IN THE FALL FOR MORE HH PROGRAMS
The program includes:
4 Yoga Therapy Group classes
4 Yoga Nidra (guided meditations) sessions
Take-home materials to support a home practice (“how-to” guide, sequence cards, tracking charts)
Professionally recorded Guided Meditation CD or downloadable MP3s
Registration is closed. This program fills up quickly; we highly recommend registering early. If you would like to be notified about the next Holistic Heart Health program offering, please email a request (to be notified and/or hold a space) HERE
YOGA & HEART DISEASE
AN ANCIENT PRACTICE
Yoga is over 5000 years old and has been used as a lifestyle art and therapeutic tool to keep the mind, body and spirit balanced and functioning optimally for the 5+ millennia. Traditional Yoga is a gentle practice that is tailored to an individual’s body, which includes physical postures, breathwork, meditation, self-study and, at times the synchronous practice of all of these aspects simultaneously (yes, movement can be meditative!).
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
When one practices Yoga, the systems of the body are rejuvenated, the mind is quieted, and an overall sense of peace and well-being pervade; this is due to the holistic nature of a Yoga practice. When the systems are optimized and the mind is quiet, the detoxification systems of the human body actively work to counteract the deleterious effects of stress. Over time these practices increase stress resistance, so events that used to bother you no longer have the same effect.
There is a plethora of clinical research that shows the effectiveness of practicing Yoga when combating heart disease. Yoga Therapy works very well with conventional medical practices. Most cardiac care and cardiac rehabilitation centers include Yoga in their programs and have provided us with excellent clinical proof that Yoga is a beneficial tool for remediation of heart health. Researchers from the United States and the Netherlands reviewed 37 clinical trials with 2,768 subjects. Results showed significant improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight – all of which are considered risk factors for cardiovascular disease – for all those continually doing yoga compared to those who were not. Results showed first that risk factors for cardiovascular disease improved more in those doing yoga than in those doing no exercise, and second, that yoga had an effect on these risks comparable to exercise. The conclusion: “yoga has the potential to be a cost-effective treatment and prevention strategy given its low cost, lack of expensive equipment or technology, potential greater adherence and health-related quality of life improvements, and possible accessibility to larger segments of the population.”1
1.Chu P, Gotink RA, Yeh GY, Goldie SJ, Hunink MGM. The effectiveness of yoga in modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Eur J Prevent Cardiol 2014: DOI: 10.1177/2047487314562741.
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