From: Dr. Andrew Weil
Continue your yoga practice with this month’s pose that also provides heart health benefits. As one of Dr. Weil’s favorite yoga poses for stretching the thighs, hips, and ankles, the Hero Pose is a popular sitting asana, meaning posture. It is commonly used as a starting pose that relaxes the body and allows for breathing exercises.
According to results published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, practicing the Hero Pose can temporarily speed up metabolism and enhance sympathetic nervous system activity. As a result, these increased physiological functions can support meditation focus, breathing, and overall health.
The health bene ts of this pose include:
Stretching and improving exibility of hips, thighs, knees, and ankles.
Improving digestion and may help relieve symptoms of menopause.
Providing relaxing and meditative benefits.
Therapeutic for high blood pressure, breathing problems and stress.
Get step-by-step instruction for practicing the Hero Pose. There are many variations of this pose to modify according to your level. If you have problems with high or low blood pressure, monitor it while performing this pose as sitting in this position for too long can cause a change in blood pressure. Also, use caution when standing up from the pose, as this too may cause a sudden, hazardous change in blood pressure.