Now, a new study conducted by researchers from the European Society of Cardiology has found that following a yoga practice can also be beneficial for those struggling with atrial fibrillation — a common heart condition that affects consumers’ heart rate reports Consumer Affairs.
“The symptoms of atrial fibrillation can be distressing,” said researcher Dr. Naresh Sen. “They come and go, causing many patients to feel anxious and limiting their ability to live a normal life.”
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During the first three months, the group lived normally with no interventions but were asked to record any symptoms of atrial fibrillation that they experienced.
For the final four months, the researchers asked them to continue recording symptoms while taking yoga classes several times per week and practicing poses and breathing exercises at home.
The researchers found that the four months of yoga was beneficial to the participants in several ways.
Moving forward, the researchers hope that these findings can be beneficial to those struggling with atrial fibrillation, as there are several ways that a yoga practice can help ease symptoms.
“Our study suggests that yoga has wide-ranging physical and mental health benefits for patients with atrial fibrillation and could be added on top of usual therapies,” said Dr. Sen.