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Common factors that affect the heart, more often than not, are negligence and a lack of awareness. Make a conscious effort to maintain a relaxed mind and a calm sense of being. Triggers such as depression, anxiety, an unhealthy diet, lack of nutrition and an erratic lifestyle must be avoided or eliminated from our daily lives.
In order to make an active effort towards keeping your heart healthy, add yoga to your daily routine. It won’t just enhance your physical health but also take care of your mental well-being, contributing to a healthier heart.
Asanas should not be performed without a proper warm-up. Before practising these asanas, you can begin with Sukshma Vyayam or subtle exercises to prepare your body for these poses.
Choose any 5 asanas from the following list and hold each posture for 15-30 seconds.
Kneel down and place your pelvis on your heels. Place your palms on your knees facing upward.
Squat down and join your palms in front of your chest. Use your elbows to push thighs out as much as possible.
Lie on your stomach. Place your palms under your shoulders and lift your upper body, pelvis and knees up.
4. Adomukhi Svanasana
Start on your fours, ensuring palms are under the shoulders and knees below hips. Lift the hips up, straighten the knees and elbows, and form an inverted ‘V’ shape.
Lie down flat on your stomach. Place palms under the shoulders. Inhale completely, hold your breath (Kumbakh) and then lift up your head, chest and shoulders. Let your navel remain down.
Begin in Samasthithi. Place your right foot on your left inner thigh. Find your balance; join your palms in Pranam Mudra at your heart chakra.
Stand up straight keeping your feet parallel and weight balanced on both feet equally. Hands by your side.
Begin in Samasthithi. Slowly tilt your upper body forward at your pelvis. Lower your upper body until it is parallel to the ground and stretch your arms forward.
You must practice these asanas on a regular basis to ensure that your heart stays healthy and you can reduce your risk of any heart-related illness.