Anatomy of the Heart

Your heart is composed of valves, chambers, arteries and much more to enable it to keep the life source of oxygen flowing through your body. It takes in the oxygenated blood from the lungs and takes what it needs to function and then shares what is left. It also receives what the body no longer needs and sends it on its way out so that you do not have toxins remain. In yoga, the deeper inhalations and exhalations you take enable your heart to give more to your body and mind. There are poses that open up your chest wider which actually expands the heart muscles a little wider; thus enabling it to absorb more oxygen to process. As you open your heart more, it can give more. Yoga helps you learn how to open your heart...physically and mentally. The physical benefits of a healthier heart will give you something tangible to see; however, the mental benefits of a healthier heart will transcend in many directions that you may not see, but feel. Take care of your heart and it will take care of you and much more!
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