Although it is good for the body, excess cholesterol can be harmful. Too much cholesterol in the bloodstream can cause blockage of arteries and eventually, heart related complications. To keep a check on its level, it is important to adopt a healthier lifestyle that includes healthy food habits and regular physical exercise.
Various studies suggest that yoga can help curb cholesterol naturally without any harmful side-effects on the body. Yoga is an ancient discipline that shapes up the body and calms the mind through yoga asanas, pranayamas and meditation. These yoga postures can help you bring your cholesterol level under control.
Kapal Bhati Pranayama
Here’s a very powerful breathing exercise that not just helps you lose weight but also brings your entire system into a perfect balance. Dr. Sejal Shah, Art of Living Yoga teacher, explains the importance of Kapal Bhati, “80 percent of the toxins in our body are released through the outgoing breath. Regular practice of Kapal Bhati pranayama detoxifies all the systems in our body. And the obvious sign of a healthy body is a shining forehead.” Kapal Bhati literally translates to ‘the shining forehead’ and this is exactly what happens with regular practice of this pranayama. A forehead that glows not just from outside but also an intellect that becomes sharp and refined.
Chakrasana (Wheel pose)
The Wheel pose massages the abdominal organs and helps alleviate constipation. It also improves the functioning of the liver and thus helps get rid of excess fat and cholesterol.
Shalabhasana (Locust pose)
The Locust pose stretches the belly and stimulates the abdominal organs. This pose too helps overcome constipation.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand)
The Shoulder stand stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.
Paschimottanasana (Two-legged forward bend)
This pose stimulates the liver and kidneys; reduces obesity and gets rid of excess fat from the abdominal region.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half-spinal twist)
This pose massages the abdominal organs, stimulates the liver and helps in overcoming indigestion.