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5 Mind-Body Exercises for a Healthier Heart

Holistic Ways to Boost Heart Health

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  • I have done Tai Chi and still use deep breathing. While waiting at the dr office, I was doing the breathing. When my blood pressure was checked it was in normal range. Didn't tell them about the breathing or drinking green tea as well as dandelion leaf tea. I am to use a prescribed water pill for the blood pressure. Havent taken it in a months.
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  • Excellent article - informative and motivating.
  • I enjoyed reading this article and starting slowly with one short session a week of yoga. I've wanted to learn about yoga and try yoga for a long time now. It feels good to begin.
  • Actually there is NOTHING wrong with karatedo for heart patients,. I have had several recovering heart patients AS STUDENTS . There have been several studies touting the benefits to training for the heart. You are going to tell me Tai Chi s OK AND KARATE ISN'T? I bet you have never darkened the inside of a dojo in your life.



  • HONEYJI
    Great article! Yoga is such a health and powerful way for folks to be fit and no matter what your physical situation you can begin. (Chair yoga, beginners yoga). Thanks for the info about TM - I've been practicing regularly for over 10 years and it has changed my life is so many ways. On top of that list is managing stress better and feeling great!
  • Good article! Thanks
  • BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY
    I never knew that yoga can reduce the risk of heart disease. I really enjoy yoga and meditation. This article inspires me to continue making time in my schedule do to each one, and how beneficial it will be for my health.
  • I really liked this article. I have been looking for something simple I can do at home or a work. Sometimes I forget to relax and I go home with pain in my neck or back.
  • I am a singer and a vocal instructor. The vocal exercises I do every day for myself and working with my students requires deep breathing and the vowels we use, from my point of view, puts you in a similar place as the "om"...I always come away feeling very strong, satisfied and fulfilled. Even if you have never thought of yourself as a singer, the lessons can be a definite health benefit. I've had many through the years who study just for fun, discipline and satisfaction.
  • KATIEBATEY
    Chris: karate isn't good for rehabilitation heart patients.

    All this though I already do, lots of isometric. Swimming, walking, biking, yoga, bellydance and yes even hula hoop!
  • Yeah I agree - I also thought they would have mention karate as one of the tenets is Zen Breathing. I know that there was a Catholic meditation group in my diocese. I don't know what happened to it as I hadn't heard about it for a while.
  • One possible additional group of options which I would like to have seen mentioned (and what research has shown concerning their effects on heart health) would be ones such as religious practices - such as prayer (which might be considered in a similar group as TM), and religious attendance/worship activities. Maybe a follow-up that addresses what studies have shown on the relation of those (of varying religious backgrounds) types of activities/followings/practices.

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