Some times we need a ‘kick’. The WHYs of yoga are how I motivate myself to get to yoga class and practice yoga and meditation at home.
This is the third in a series of blog posts with one of the many WHYs that yoga is so beneficial for our mind and body.
It is my hope that this WHY, the flowing of your blood, can be your motivational ‘kick’.
Yoga Gets Your Blood Flowing – WHY does that matter?
During the practice of yoga and deep breathing, the return of venous blood to the heart is enhanced.
Venous blood is typically colder than arterial blood and has a lower oxygen content and pH. It also has lower concentrations of glucose and other nutrients, and has higher concentrations of urea and other waste products.
Twisting yoga poses help wring out venous blood from your internal body organs. Once the twist is released, oxygenated blood can again flow effectively to your organs.
Inverted poses, such as headstand, handstand, shoulder stand, and simply raising your legs up encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart. This can help if you have swelling in your legs.
The deep breathing, stretching and balance poses during yoga practice are known to help thin the blood, thereby reducing your risk of blood clots. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.
You probably are not able to tell when your brain is not getting enough oxygen but cold hands and feet may be a sign that your circulation needs improvement. The relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. A deep state of relaxation and calmness allows your heart to pump more slowly and steadily, dramatically improving circulation efficiency.
Oxygen is not only important for muscles; it’s also vital for the brain to carry out all its functions. In addition, all of the internal organs improve when they are provided with an increased amount of oxygen-rich blood.
YES, getting your blood flowing really matters for your overall health. And an excellent way to get your blood flowing is with a regular yoga practice.