Can you meditate your way out of high blood pressure? Can you yoga your way out of atrial fibrillation? Will falling in love during menopause make you fertile again?
We’ve know for years that Tibetan monks have been able to lower their blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and metabolism with meditation. Can it work for you? Yep! Just five minutes of relaxation and deep breathing exercises in my office has been able to reduce blood pressure to normal levels in many patients with hypertension.
Now a recent article reveals that atrial fibrillation can be reduced or even cured with a regular schedule of yoga. Eleven out of 49 patients did not experience a single episode of altered heart rhythm during the study.
And I know of several patients who–despite being in menopause for a few years–resumed their periods when they fell in love. Yoga even increases blood flow to the pelvis and strengthens muscles that play an integral role in orgasm.
Your choice: Transesophageal echocardiogram, lifelong anticoagulation, or yoga?