Yoga studio serve to get more self-awareness and self-cultivation and they also offer a natural solution for some forms of physical pain and stress.
There’s also a research that makes a connection between the flexibility in the body and the flexibility of the arteries (cardiovascular health).
A study, published in the American Journal of Physiology says that if you can’t bend over and touch your toes you should visit your doctor because you may have problems with your arteries.
- Study in yoga calls Paschimottanasana this sit-and-reach test and there the participants sit on the floor with their legs straight and reach forward to touch their toes. Their reach is measured and classified in a range of “poor- or high-flexibility.”
Perform this test yourself and get a reading at Shapeup.org. Simply type in the information/stats they ask for and see how poor or high your flexibility is.
They used a sophisticated medical device “pulse wave velocity” to measure the elasticity of the arteries.
Why would yoga or stretching help your arteries?
Stretching starts a physiological chain reaction and it involves collagen and elastin elements that when released into the system keep the arteries more elastic .
According to Dr. Yamamoto : “The findings suggest a possibility that improving flexibility induced by the stretching exercise may be capable of modifying age-related arterial stiffening,”
he also said : “We believe that flexibility exercise, such as stretching, yoga and Pilates, should be integrated into regular exercise.”