The circulatory system is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. When the flow in this system is reduced, we deprive our hearts, lungs, brains and extremities of these critical inputs needed to function properly and heal quickly.
More often than not, poor circulation is a symptom of other health issues including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. The most common signs of poor circulation include: tingling, numbness, throbbing, stinging, and muscle cramps.
While it is widely known that routine exercise helps increase blood flow and improve circulation, yoga has even more to offer. Poor circulation is typically a symptom of other health issues, so finding an exercise regimen that combats almost all of the health issues associated with poor circulation is ideal. This is where yoga has common exercise regimens beat. During a tough yoga class your heart rate elevates giving you the benefit of increased circulation. You are taught to control your breathing, helping your lungs provide your body with oxygen more efficiently. When the class is nearly over, the practice of Shavasana helps lower your blood pressure, one of the main culprits of poor circulation. Finally, you leave the class less stressed and open to making healthier food and lifestyle choices which over time can reduce the effects of high blood pressure and diabetes.
All this to say, yoga has the edge when it comes to improving circulation. It helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves respiratory function. So get moving!