JCCC Honors Journal

Article Title

Yoga and Heart Disease


Yoga is a term that surfaces frequently when searching for techniques to improve health. Yoga is often used synonymously with physical exercise, flexibility, and relaxation. However, yoga's journey into medical science and research has been and continues to be a "Long and Winding Road." There are multiple, published and ongoing studies conducted about the effects of yoga on various ailments such as diabetes mellitus, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder and heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, causing nearly 26% off all deaths (Syman). The American Heart Association has set a goal to "Improve cardiovascular health in Americans by 20% and reduce deaths by 20% all by the year 2020" (American Heart Association). The objective of this paper is to highlight the potential benefits of the ancient practice of yoga and how it is beginning to change the landscape of modern American medicine and the treatment of heart disease.