Yoga is considered a total mind-body workout; combining stretching and
strengthening poses with meditation, deep breathing, and relaxation. Aside
from the physical benefits, yoga also helps a person manage stress, which
is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind.
According to the
American Heart Association, activities like yoga may help:
- Manage stress, depression, and insomnia
- Improve heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart rate
- Improve quality of life and mood in people with heart disease, cancer and
other chronic illnesses
- And so much more!
According to ProMotion Fitness+ Exercise Specialist and Registered Yoga
Teacher, Kristi Brownlow, “we live in a society of collapsed shoulders—we
are constantly leaning over computers, phones, and steering wheels.”
The upper back and shoulders are a common place for muscle tension, especially
for women, which causes increased tightness in the chest muscles. In turn,
this pulls the chest towards the ground rather than towards our loved
ones. Backbends are a common group of yoga poses, also called ‘heart
openers’, which help to heal the mind, body, and spirit. In practicing
these heart-opening poses, we open our chest and our heart.
Heart openers release muscle tension and the stress that we have bound
up in our chest and back muscles. Brownlow adds, “It is believed
that we have energy systems throughout our body. One of the most important,
in my opinion, is the heart.”
The fountain of love, generosity, warmth, compassion, and joy is located
at the center of your chest at heart level. It is the center of your deep
bonds with others, but most importantly, the center of self-love. Brownlow
says that when the heart center is awakened, we are able to live our lives
with kindness, compassion, and love towards ourselves and others.
As we celebrate American Heart Month, remember that the perfect Valentine’s
Day gift is the gift of heart health. To give your loved one the gift
of relaxation, stress relief, and an open heart, call 240-215-1470 or
click here to learn more.
Registration for yoga classes at ProMotion Fitness+ opens Monday, February 13th. Give the gift of heart health this Valentine’s Day with a gift