If you’ve ever desired to participate in a yoga class and experience its many benefits yet were skeptical it could offer the heart help you need, you’ll love the finding shared below which proves yoga to be just as good for the heart as high-intensity activities. 

A study was released in 2014 by the United Nations showing that yoga, which originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, may contribute to heart health as much as doing aerobic workouts like cycling or brisk walking. 

Based on a review of 37 clinical trials, researchers found that doing yoga, with its breath control and body stretches, lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise. 

“Taken together, these improvements could facilitate and complement a regimen toward better cardiovascular health,” said Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the study published in the December of 2014.

But not only does yoga offer heart-healthy benefits, the postures, which can be done at any age with adaptions, are believed to help nourish self-awareness, control stress, and develop physical strength and balance. 

For this reason, yoga is practiced by millions of people around the world… and it’s only gaining in popularity!

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition,” said the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. “It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”