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Published: 0245 GMT December 18, 2014

Yoga reduces risk factors of heart disease: Study

Yoga reduces risk factors of heart disease: Study

A new research suggests that yoga can help individuals reduce risk factors of heart disease, particularly if they cannot do other forms of vigorous exercise.

The new study published Wednesday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that yoga had significant benefits, including lowering the risk of obesity, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol.

The researchers had analyzed 37 earlier studies involving nearly 3,000 people in the Netherland.

Researcher Myriam Hunink, from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, said “Yoga may provide the same benefits in risk factor reduction as traditional physical activity such as cycling or brisk walking.”

Maureen Talbot, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said that the benefits of Yoga “could be due to working the muscles and breathing, which can bring more oxygen into the body, leading to lower blood pressure.”

Yoga is an ancient exercise that originated in India around 5,000 years ago. The activity combines physical postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and meditation, and it has been associated with other health benefits.

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