Atherosclerosis is one of the major causes of mortality or death now a days. It occurs because of the blockage of arteries due to excessive cholesterol. With minimal physical activity in routine, the problem keeps on increasing which might lead to irreversible blockage of the arteries and ultimately death. A combination of antibiotics is used to reverse the blockage of the arteries which has its own adverse effects

Yoga is considered a natural way to prevent or reverse the occurrence of atherosclerosis. It prevents the blockage of arteries by keeping the body cholesterol in check. Yoga also helps in maintaining the blood flow and help remain disease free.

Many researches have found that there is a considerable reduction in the occurrence of disease in affected people practicing yoga in comparison to those who do not practice yoga. Regular practice of yoga boosts the circulation and improves the muscular tone. With an improved muscular tone, the ability of the heart to pump fresh and oxygenated blood to the entire body increases. Hence, the risk of atherosclerosis is reduced. Yoga also helps in improving the overall health of an individual. And, strengthens the body, heart, mind and soul.

Yoga Asanas To Help Prevent & Reduce The Risk Of Atherosclerosis

Tadasana Or The Mountain Pose For Atherosclerosis

Benefits of Tadasana or The Mountain Pose for Atherosclerosis:

  • Regular practice of Tadasana improves the blood flow to the organs and helps supply oxygenated blood to the organs by neuromuscular action.
  • Practice of this asana stimulates and changes the lumen size of the arterioles. This again helps in regulating the circulation.

Steps to Practice Tadasana or The Mountain Pose

  • To practice Tadasana in standing position, stand straight and keep your legs slightly apart from each other.
  • Raise your hands above your head and look straight while focusing on one point in front of you.
  • Interlock the fingers of both the hands and turn them upwards in such a way that the palms are towards the ceiling/sky.
  • Take a deep breath or while inhaling, stretch your arms, chest and shoulders upwards.
  • While practicing Tadasana, the gaze can be adjusted to look a little above while stretching.
  • Raise you heels in such a way that all the weight of your body is on the toes.
  • Remain in this position for 20-30 seconds.

Vriksasana Or The Tree Pose For Atherosclerosis

Benefits of Vriksasana or The Tree Pose for Atherosclerosis:

  • Regular practice of this pose makes the respiration stable and heals both respiratory and cardiac disorders.
  • Blood receives larger amount of oxygen and the nerves become calm and purified. All of this in turn makes body and mind healthy which make one stronger prevent or to cope with any disease.

Steps to Practice Vriksasana or The Tree Pose

  • Stand straight in Tadasana or The Mountain pose as mentioned above.
  • Now, bend your right leg from the knee in such a way that the sole of the foot is resting on the medial side of left thigh.
  • Take a deep breath and try to find your balance.
  • Take your hands up above the head and join your hands in namaste position.
  • Stay in this position for as long as you can.
  • Now, repeat the same pose on the left side.

Trikonasana Or The Triangle Pose

Benefits of Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose for Atherosclerosis

  • Yoga helps take care of all the risk factors of the disease thereby helps in prevention and control of the atherosclerosis.
  • With regular practice of Trikonasana, blood receives larger amount of oxygen and the nerves become calm and purified.

Steps to Practice Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose

  • To practice Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose for atherosclerosis, you must get in to Tadasana on the floor or on the yoga mat.
  • From Tadasana, step the feet just over a leg length apart. Turn the right foot 90 degrees to the right and the left foot slightly toward the right.
  • Line the heel of the front foot with the center arch of the back foot. Lengthen and broaden the soles of the feet and spread the toes. The weight should be distributed evenly between the inside edge of the front foot and the outside edge of the rear foot.
  • While in this position, make sure that your heels are pressing the ground and the weight of your entire body is balanced and distributed on both of your feet.
  • Raise the arms to shoulder height and extend the arms parallel to the floor in such a way that your palms are facing down.
  • Inhale deeply while practicing Trikonasana and while exhaling, bend your body towards right while making sure you don not bend forward or backwards. Make sure your waist is straight while you practice this.
  • In this position, bend your right knee slightly. Also, lift your left hand up and let your right hand touch the ground. Both your arms should form a straight line while practicing Trikonasana or The Triangle Pose.

Utkatasana Or The Chair Pose

Benefits of Utkatasana or The Chair Pose for Atherosclerosis:

  • Practice of Utkatasana or the chair pose helps to widen the blood vessels and cools the system.
  • Vasodilation helps in keeping the arteries functioning well and prevents atherosclerosis from happening.

Steps to Practice Utkatasana or The Chair Pose:

  • To practice Utkatasana or The Chair Pose, the big toes of your feet should touch each other, and your heels should be lying a little apart from each other.
  • While practicing Utkatasana or The Chair Pose, you should squeeze your lower abdomen inwards in such a way that it should feel like you are touching your spine from inside while taking the lower abdomen inwards.
  • Move your shoulder bones and open your chest while practicing Utkatasana or The Chair Pose.
  • Take a deep breath and raise your arms over your head.
  • While practicing Utkatasana or The Chair Pose, you can keep your arms either parallel to each other or keep your palms joined when your arms are on over your head.
  • Keep your arms in front of your ears or at the same level or before your ears.
  • Gently and carefully bend your knees and push down your pelvis, such that it seems like you are seated in an imaginary chair while practicing Utkatasana or The Chair Pose.

Marjariasana Or The Cat Pose

Benefits of Marjariasana or the Cat pose for Atherosclerosis

  • Regular practice of Marjariasana improves the blood flow to the organs and helps supply oxygenated blood to the organs by neuromuscular action.
  • Practice of this asana stimulates and changes the lumen size of the arterioles. This again helps in regulating the circulation.

Steps to Practice Marjariasana or the Cat Pose

  • To get into Marjariasana or The Cat Scratch Pose, you must get into Vajrasana or The Thunderbolt Pose first as mentioned above.
  • Raise the buttocks and stand on the knees while getting into Marjariasana or The Cat Scratch Pose.
  • Inhale deeply while raising the head and depressing the spine in such a way that the back becomes concave while practicing this asana.
  • Expand the abdomen fully and fill the lungs with the maximum amount of air while practicing Marjariasana or The Cat Scratch Pose.
  • Hold the breath in this position for 3 – 4 seconds.
  • Exhale deeply while lowering the head and stretching the spine upward while practicing this asana.

Adho Mukha Svanasana Or The Downward Facing Dog

Benefits of Adho mukha savanasana or The Downward Facing Dog for Atherosclerosis

  • Regular practice of Downward facing dog helps in stretching the abdominal organs and the pelvic region.
  • The lungs are fully expanded with the practice and the oxygenation of the blood is done

Steps to Practice Adho mukha savanasana or The Downward Facing Dog

  • To practice Adho Mukha Svanasana stand on Floor or on the yoga mat.
  • Kneel on the yoga mat or floor in such a way that the whole body is supported with hands and knees on the floor. Make sure your knees are in straight line with the hips in this position.
  • Make your palms spread on the yoga mat make sure that the maximum force is exerted with the index finger on the floor. Your forefingers should turn a little parallel.
  • While exhaling, lift your knees far from the floor in such a way that the knees come in line with the thighs and they are not bent.
  • In the beginning, if you face any difficulty in keeping the knees straight, you can keep them a little bent and heels lifted from the floor.
  • Try to raise your hip bones inside and try to draw your legs into the crotch.
  • In this position, make the highest point of the thighs push back and let your heels touch the floor.
  • Try to lift your body far from the ground while keeping your arms and legs straight.
  • Keep your shoulders very firm and open your chest in this position.

Bhujangasana Or The Cobra Pose

Benefits of Bhujangasana or The Cobra Pose for Atherosclerosis

  • Regular practice of Bhujangasana extends the spinal region is toned and the chest is fully expanded.
  • It helps in massaging and help expand the lungs and stimulates the abdominal organs.

Steps to Practice Bhujangasana or The Cobra Pose

  • To practice Bhujangasana, lie prone on the floor or the yoga mat i.e. on your stomach with the top of your feet and chin resting on the floor.
  • Legs should be kept close together with the heels and feet lightly touching each other.
  • Place your palms facing downwards i.e. facing ground and below the shoulders with the fingers of your hand outwards i.e. other side of the body.
  • While practicing Bhujangasana, the elbows should be kept parallel to each other and close to the body.
  • While inhaling deeply, gently raise your head, chest, and abdomen up while keeping the navel and pelvis touching the floor.
  • Take your shoulders back and down in such a way that the head is tilted backwards, and the chest is opened forward while practicing Bhujangasana.
  • Focus your gaze forward or upwards depending upon the flexibility of your neck and spine or till where you can bend backwards.
  • Raise your body upwards till your arms become straight on the ground.
  • Keep pressing the ground with your pelvis. Also, make sure that you are not putting a lot of tension in your arms.

Setu Bandhasana Or The Bridge Pose

Benefits of Setu Bandhasana or The Bridge Pose for Atherosclerosis

  • Regular practice of Setu Bandhasana or The Bridge Pose helps in stretching the abdominal organs and the pelvic region.
  • Practice of this asana stimulates and changes the lumen size of the arterioles. This again helps in regulating the circulation.

Steps to Practice Setu Bandhasana or The Bridge Pose

  • To practice Setu Bandasana, lie on your back on floor or on yoga mat.
  • Bend your knees in such a way that the sole of the feet should lie flat on the ground.
  • There should be around 6 inches between your feet and your knees.
  • The arms should rest on the floor alongside your body in such a way that the palms are lying flat and touching the ground
  • Press your back into the mat or the floor while practicing Setu Badasana.
  • While inhaling, lift your lower back, then middle back and the upper back gradually.
  • Now press in to the mat with the heels of your feet to balance the body.
  • Gently roll in your shoulders and touch your chin to your chest. Make sure that you do not lower your chin while touching the chin to the chest. The chest should be raised in such a way that it touches the chin on its own.

Paschimottanasana Ot The Forward Fold

Benefits of Paschimottanasana or The Forward Fold for Atherosclerosis

  • Regular practice of Paschimottanasana or The Forward Fold improves the blood flow to the organs and helps supply oxygenated blood to the organs by neuromuscular action.
  • Practice of this asana stimulates and changes the lumen size of the arterioles. This again helps in regulating the circulation.

Steps to Practice Paschimottanasana or The Forward Fold

  • To practice Paschimottanasana, sit with your legs outstretched on floor or on yoga mat.
  • Keel your feet together and hands on your knees.
  • This is the starting position for Paschimottanasana and is also called Dandasana.
  • Relax the whole body in this position.
  • With a deep inhale, raise your hands above your head and give your arms a stretch.
  • With a big and deep exhale, start moving your arms forward towards the foot.
  • As you move forward, take your hand on your legs as far as possible towards the big toe.
  • If this seem impossible, try to grasp the ankle with your hands or any part of the leg which can be reached by hands comfortably.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: December 28, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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