Yoga improves cardiovascular health: Dr Sushil
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: While commemorating the universal message of ‘Yoga for humanity’ on International Day of Yoga, Dr. Sushil Sharma stressed that there is a greater need for inculcating better health practices through yoga.
At a health camp organized by Dr. Sushil and his team at Brij Nagar, Miran Sahib, Dr. Sushil enumerated the various benefits that are associated with the practice of yoga.
He specifically highlighted the role of yoga in maintaining cardiovascular health. One of yoga’s clearest benefits to the heart is its ability to relax the body and mind.
Emotional stress can cause a cascade of physical effects, including the release of hormones, which narrow our arteries and increase blood pressure. The deep breathing and mental focus of yoga can offset this stress. Worry and depression commonly follow a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, bypass surgery or diagnosis of heart disease. As part of an overall treatment plan, yoga can help us manage this stress, he added.
Taking cue from a survey conducted by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, he informed that more than 80% of yoga enthusiasts selected for the survey said the practice decreased their stress.
The relaxing, meditative aspect of yoga can build up emotional resilience, helping us to stay calmer during times of stress.
Stress activates the body’s fight-or-flight response. This triggers a rise in heart rate, blood pressure, and the release of stress hormones, all of which are hard on our cardiovascular system. Yoga helps activate the opposite effect, known as the rest-and-digest response. Over time, a regular yoga practice cultivates this “relaxation response,” enabling us to be less reactive to stress and intense emotions. Another study has shown that blood measurements and waist circumference, a marker for heart disease, improved in middle-aged adults with metabolic syndrome who practiced yoga for three months. Some research even indicates yoga might be a useful tool in helping smokers quit, which is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Keeping in consideration the beneficial aspects of yoga in maintaining overall well being, he appealed the attendees to incorporate yoga as a daily practice to experience long lasting physical and mental health benefits.
He, however, exhorted that to begin with it must be learnt under strict supervision of a trained professional to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Prominent Citizens of the Village Brij Nagar Harinder Uttam, Narinder Sharma (Raju), Vijay Sharma, Kamal Sharma, Subhash Sharma, Rajnish Sharma, Parveen Sharma appreciated the camp conducted by Dr Sushil and his team.
Others who were part of this camp included Dr Nasir Ali Choudhary (Cardiologist), Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Anitpal Singh Asstt Prof.(Ortho). Paramedics and Volunteers include Dr Vivak M Arya, Kamal Sharma, Raj Kumar, Raghav Rajput, Ranjeet Thakur, Sunil, Vikas Sabharwal, Maninder Singh, Harinder Singh and Akshay Kumar.