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GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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18 Apr 2024


Role of Yoga in  Cardiac Rehabilitation

Role of Yoga in Cardiac Rehabilitation 

Yogacharya Dr Ananda
Balayogi Bhavanani, Editor

The saying, “Man proposes, but God disposes” may be re-phrased as, “The Doctor treats, but nature alone heals”.

We need to understand that no one can heal us but ourselves!

The International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA has aptly defined Yoga Therapy as, “the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga”.

Recent scientific evidence highlights the potential of Yoga to improve cardiovascular performance, while reducing negative affective states of stress, anxiety, and depression.

It has been suggested that given the broad therapeutic profile and potential of Yoga in heart disease, its application may prove to be an invaluable adjunctive component to existing cardiac rehabilitative interventions.

Relaxation is an essential prerequisite for healing to occur and we cannot heal when we are stressed. Conscious relaxation facilitates self-healing, and this may well be Yoga’s greatest contribution to modern healthcare.
This is all about inducing the “Relaxation Response”.

The Yogic approach to healing includes lifestyle, attitude, proper breathing and deep relaxation.

Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, Founder of ICYER at Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry has postulated “Four-fold relaxation” as a systematic and conscious adoption of attitudes results in deep experiential states of relaxation. This includes:

  1. “Letting go” of our prejudices and preconceived notions.
  2. “Giving up” our stresses in a positive, relaxing and evolutionary process.
  3. “Giving in” and opening up to dictates of the inner mind.
  4. “Giving over” to the “Divine Will” in Ishwara Pranidhana and Bhakti Yoga.

It is pertinent that Yogic protocols for Cardiac Rehabilitation should always include elements of the following:

• Somato-psychic practices (Jathis, Kriyas, Mudras and Asanas) to improve cardio-respiratory health, musculoskeletal health and general wellbeing.

• Stress reduction programs to develop positive attitude, with fortification against stressors and learning to, “Do your best and leave the rest”.

• Pranayama to revitalize the whole system and enhance cardiac function, healing and healthy coronary circulation through the use of conscious, and deep breathing in different ratios with or without sound (Nada).

• A Satvic Yogic diet with less fat, more fiber and adequate hydration. Eat local, eat seasonal is how Swamiji Gitananda Giriji would advise.
• Relaxation through practices such as Marmanasthanam kriya (Part-by-part relaxation), Spanda-nishpanda kriya (Alternate segmental tensing and relaxing), Kaya kriya (Movement of limbs with breath) and Yoga nidraa (+ve body image and visualization)
• Introspective Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana techniques as appropriate to induce reflective introspection and reduce sensory over-stimulation and hyper-reactivity.
• Enhancement of the personal worldview through lifestyle modification, inculcation of Bhakti Yoga principles and the adoption of Karma Yoga principles.
• Practicing a healthy lifestyle is an important part of preventing and mitigating the effects of cardiovascular disease. This can involve exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking.
• A heart-healthy diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and contains decreased amounts of sodium, fat, and cholesterol can also help lower the risk for the condition.

Research shows that people can lower their risk for cardiovascular disease by as much as 82 % simply by adopting sensible health habits, regardless of their age, background, or health status.

By integrating Yoga into the cardiac rehabilitation programs, we induce a sense of wholesomeness (salutogenesis) thus moving consciously from suffering (Duhkham) towards ease and wellbeing (Sukham).

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