yoga for heart palpitations

Yoga for Heart Palpitations – 3 Best Poses to Try This 2018


Does your heart suddenly begin to pound or race, or feel like it keeps missing beats? These sensations are most commonly known as palpitations. While for most people this occurs once or twice, several others experience it dozens of times a day. When this occurs, the heartbeats become more pronounced that you may feel these sensations in your neck or throat. Palpitations may be caused by the upwelling of adrenaline, a hormone released when you feel anxious, nervous, or afraid.

Heart Palpitations may also be triggered by medical conditions such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, and low blood pressure. According to Senior Cardiac Nurse June Davison of British Heart Foundation, palpitation could be an indication that something is not right with your heart. While there is no prescribed medicine to stop these sensations, there are several simple Yoga poses that that will help you start the process of recovery from heart palpitations.

1.Upside-Down Pose

Upside Down Pose

Upside Down Pose

This pose is also popularly known as the Viparita Karani among Yoga practitioners. The term comes from the Sanskrit words Viparita, which means inverted and Karani, which means doing. 

To execute this pose, look for an open space close to a wall. Sit next to it in a way that your feet are on the floor and spread in front of you. The left side of your body must touch the wall, then; lie flat on your back. Make sure that your palms are facing down.

Slowly raise your hips and legs up while maintaining a close distance between the chin and chest. Lift your back; use your palms to support your lower back. Keep your back and knees straight. Gradually tilt your legs 30 to 40 degrees in the direction of your head. Close your eyes and deeply inhale and exhale through your chest. Stay in this position for 3 to 4 minutes. After that, ease your palms and gently come down.

The Legs Up The Wall pose also known as the Inverted Lake Pose primarily lets the blood circulate through the part of the body. According to some yoga practitioners, this restorative pose has also anti-aging effects on your body. It is believed that there are Hindu scriptures that state that this asana (yoga pose) reduces wrinkles keeping at bay both aging and death. 

The Viparita Karani pose relaxes fatigued, cramped feet and legs. It stretches the back of the neck, back of the legs, and front of the torso. This pose also gets rid of a mild backache. Aside from numerous health benefits, the Viparita Karani pose will help you relieve heart palpitations and just about any ailment.

2.Big Toe Pose

Big Toe Pose

Big Toe Pose

This restorative pose is also known as Pandangusthasana. It is one of the easiest yoga poses that is usually introduced to beginners. The term is coined from the Sanskrit words Pada, which means foot, Angusta, which means Big Toe, and Asana, which means Pose.

To start this yoga pose, you must stand straight. Make sure that your feet are parallel to each other. Maintain at least six inches distance between your feet with your legs straight. You must contract the muscles of your thighs in order for your kneecaps to be raised outwards. Bend forward directing your forehead to touch your knees. Make sure that your head and torso move together. After that, reach your big toe using the fingers of the respective side.

Ensure that your grip is firm. Breathe in and raise the torso maintaining a straight elbow when doing this. Breathe out and bend your body in the direction of your toes again. Execute these steps for several times. After that, straighten out your body. Breathe constantly maintaining a straight torso while you go up and down. Do not forget to hold your toes all throughout the pose.

This simple yoga pose is believed to stretch every muscle in the body from head to toe. This restorative asana uses the push and pull of gravity and promotes perfect balance between bending forward and backward. The Big Toe pose also relieves pain and ease the tension in the yoga practitioner’s body. Among the benefits of executing this position includes relieving heart palpitations by eliminating stress, mild depression, and anxiety by calming the brain.

Aside from that, it activates the kidneys and the liver. It also strengthens the thigh while giving the hamstrings and calves a good stretch. The Big Toe pose also improves digestion because it stimulates the digestive system. Pandangusthasana reduces menstrual disorder, headaches, and insomnia.

3.Hero Pose

Hero Pose

Hero Pose

Hero. Like a hero that safeguards and fights for the world and only sits still when he has defeated his enemies, the pose basically aims the same. This pose intends that the yoga practitioner overcomes his own inner chaos.

To do this pose, you must first kneel on the floor with your knees placed directly below your hips. Allow your hands to rest on your knees. Make sure that your knees are close to each other to widen the gap between your feet. The gap should be wider than the width of your hips. After that, firmly press the floor using the tips of your feet.

Lower your hips slowly in a way that you position yourself sitting on the mat. Roll the calves while maintaining that your hips are between your heels. While executing this pose, you should not feel any twisting or sharp sensations in your knees. Point your toes outward and back with your inner ankles drawn to safeguard your knees. Pull in your navel, stretch your tailbone from the crown of your head to the floor. Hold this position for 30 seconds.

The Hero Pose can have amazing benefits for your body when executed properly. It stretches and strengthens your legs and arches of the feet that could help you do daily activities easily. It extends your quadriceps and broadens your sacrum. Because of its effect in the sacrum, it fosters proper digestion.

When you do the Virasana, the posture infuses a sense of space, peace, and quiet. This instills meditation that calms the body especially the heart, relieving heart palpitations. In addition, you become more aware of your mental state without being too attached. The Hero Pose wants the practitioner to resemble a stable-minded and strong-bodied warrior.

So what do you think of the Yoga poses detailed above? What is your favorite yoga pose from the list? Do you think you can execute the pose on your own properly? Now that you know these easy Yoga poses, what are you waiting for? These are beautiful and easy asanas that will relieve heart palpitations and will help you explore deep inside you. These Yoga poses will also help you understand yourself better, make yourself become stronger and more aware of yourself, and the world.

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