How Yoga Benefits Your Cardiovascular System

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The circulatory system is an essential part of what keeps us going.  It is also referred to as the cardiovascular system and consists of the heart and the blood vessels.  medical app

The heart’s job is to pump blood to different parts of the body, and this blood carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the various organs.  The blood is primarily carried through main arteries that are thick tube-like structures leading from the heart around the body.

The arteries branch into many sub arteries which in turn will divide into thin-walled capillaries.  The capillaries interact with the organs directly, and due to their thin walls, they pass oxygen and nutrients to the organs and tissues that need them the most.

The important thing to understand about the way the circulatory system is set up is that it has two main parts, the blood system, and the lymphatic system.  It is the job of the lymphatic system to remove waste from the circulatory system.

 

The two different systems run almost side by side but while the blood system has a pump – the heart – the lymphatic system does not have a single organ designed to power its operations.  This job falls to the muscles, which pump the lymphatic system by contracting and expanding.  This is of course where Yoga comes in.

Yoga flexes the muscles and strengthens them very efficiently over time with a minimal amount of ‘grunt.’  This strengthening and constant working of these muscles pumps the lymphatic system and makes out body many times more efficient at the removal of waste matter.

Yoga, PoseAs a result, people who practice Yoga regularly can expect that they will have a greatly enhanced immune response system and be able to deal with infection and disease better than their non-Yogi counterparts.

 

 

As you can see Yoga is of great assistance to the complex and interlocking system of circulation.  It recognizes the basis and importance of the system and helps to being it back into balance.

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