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 Cholesterol Management through Yoga Pose

 

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among lipids in the bloodstream and cells. Cholesterol isn't all bad. For example, our bodies use it to form cell membranes. But too much cholesterol in the bloodstream can be unhealthy, and lead to coronary heart diseases.  Learn Cholesterol Diet Tips.

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According to some research, total cholesterol levels less than 200 are best. 200 to 239 is borderline high. 240 or more means you're at an increased risk for heart diseases. Yoga uses exercises to relax and tone the muscles and to massage the organs, breathing techniques to regulate the body's energy levels, meditations to calm the mind, and relaxation postures to reduce and eliminate stress and anxiety. Yoga reduces stress hormones, which in turn lowers cholesterol. To bring down the ill effects of stress and its byproducts, a daily regime of yoga practices for at least 20 – 30 minutes daily can greatly bring about a feeling of good health and a significant lowering of bad cholesterol.

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Yoga Exercises for Cholesterol Management

Following are the poses that are beneficial in improving blood circulation and elimination of the cholesterol buildup in your body -

Sarvangasana - Lie flat on your back. Inhale deeply while raising your legs and spine until the toes point to the ceiling. The body rests on the shoulders and the back of the neck. The body is supported by the hands, which are placed on the center of the spine between the waist and the shoulder blades. Keep your spine and legs straight. Stay in this position for about two minutes. Now bend your knees, curve your back and slowly return to lying on the floor while exhaling. First bend your knees, put your palms on the floor, then curving the spine, gradually unfold it the way one unrolls a carpet. When your entire back touches the floor, straighten the knees, take a deep breath and slowly lower your legs to the ground while breathing out.

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Ardha Matsyendrasana -  Sit by extending both your legs together in front, hands by the side, palms resting on the ground. Fingers should remain together pointing forward. Fold the right leg at the knee. Slowly set the right heel at the perineum. Now folding the left leg, bringing it from above the right knee; place it by its side on the ground. The knee of the left leg should remain towards the sky. Now bring the right hand on the left side of the left knee. The left knee should remain at the left side of the right armpit. Now straighten the right hand and hold the toe or ankle of the left leg. Twisting the body to the left side, look backwards, place the left hand bringing it from the back on the right thigh. Gaze should be towards the back. While returning to the original position, first release the hand from the thigh and turn the head forward. Now bring the back to a normal position after loosening the right hand. Bring the left leg in the original position. Now bring the right leg also to the original position. Repeat it similarly from the other side by folding the left leg first.

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Shalabhasana - Lie face down with arms at the side, hands palms down, elbows slightly bent (fingers pointing towards the feet). Then suddenly raise the legs and thighs (and body if possible) off the ground. Only the chin, shoulders and chest should touch the ground. Hold yourself in this position for 1 second. This exercise may be done about half a dozen times with safety. Don't hold the breath and the pose for too long if it feels uncomfortable. After finishing this posture, the breathing will be rather rapid. Do not repeat the posture until the acceleration of the breathing has diminished.

Vajrasana - Sit with legs extended together, hands by the side of the body, palm resting on the ground, fingers of the hands together pointing forward. Fold the right leg at the knee and place the foot under the right buttock. Sole will remain inside. Similarly folding the left foot, place it under the left buttock. Hands should rest on the respective thighs. Sit erect, gaze towards the front and close your eyes. While returning to the original position, bend a little towards the right side and take out your left leg and extend it. Similarly extend your right leg and return it to the original position.

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