The impact of yoga on the circulatory system

Yoga has often been pitted against other forms of exercise and is dismissed as a passive exercise fit only for women. It’s health benefits are a much debated topic. Dr Krishna Raman examines the impact of yoga on various parts of the body in comparison with other forms of exercise. This is the second of an eight part series excerpted from A Matter of Health, Integration of yoga and Western Medicine for Prevention and Cure by Dr Krishna Raman.

1. There is no change in orthostatic tolerance in yoga.
2. Circulation is without strain.
3. Circulation is along anatomical lines, by massage.
4. Flow can be changed in any direction by changing asana shape.
5. It is without exhaustion
6. The velocity of flow can be changed voluntarily.
7. There are no adaptive changes in blood vessels.
8. Arteries and veins remain soft and elastic.
9. One area can be massaged, while in another area the flow can be maintained or changed.

Excerpted with permission from A Matter of Health, Integration of yoga and Western Medicine for Prevention and Cure by Dr Krishna Raman. The author has studied modern medicine and has had training in yoga under the renowned yoga guru, BKS Iyengar.

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