Yoga reduces blood cholesterol levels.
Research among young sportsperson show that regular yoga results in the reduction of the levels of very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol, serum triglycerides, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Many styles of Yogasanas (Yoga postures) and Pranayama (Voluntary Regulated Breathing) exist. These asanas and Pranayama are slow-paced practices and may require a person to hold postures for several minutes at a stretch. Some other Yoga postures are fast-paced and involve active movements that require a person to go from one posture to the other in quick time. While slow-paced yoga postures provide intense strength training and a balanced workout, fast-paced yoga postures provide a through aerobic workout.
Yoga can prove very beneficial for athletes. Relaxed, deep breathing can help the athletes in getting rid of performance-related anxiety and enhancing their concentration. Till date, many studies and researches have been conducted to determine whether Yoga has positive effects on sportspersons. One such study titled ‘Effect of Pranayama (voluntary regulated breathing) and Yogasana (yoga postures) on lipid profile in normal healthy junior footballers,’ was conducted by the researchers BK Acharya et al.
To conduct their study, these researchers selected 20 male junior footballers aged around 15 years. These players belonged to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, Kolkata and were preparing for the Football Cup organized in UK. As a part of their preparation, they were in Haridwar to practice yoga sequences taught by Swami Ramdevji. The average age of these players was 14.65 ±0.58 and none of them had any history of lipid metabolism disorders. Besides, all of these junior footballer players were healthy and did not have any history of alcohol consumption or smoking. Also, none of these subjects had been involved in any kind of yogic practices prior to attending Swami Ramdevji’s yoga sessions.
As per the plan of the study, the researchers had asked the subjects to follow their regular exercise and dietary regime throughout the period of study. Their initial blood lipid profile was obtained. At the end of the study period, the researchers found that there was a considerable amount of reduction in the levels of very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)-cholesterol, serum triglycerides and Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Yoga and Pranayama can prove very effective, when used as supportive therapy in patients with lipid disorders. However, they have suggested a need for carrying out such experiments on a larger number of participants to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary modality of treatment for lipid disorders.
Disclaimer: This article is written by a non-medical professional.