Diseases of the heart—heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure—are the most common cause of death in the modern world, killing 250,000 people each year in the United States alone. Physiological factors like lifestyle, diet, and stress certainly contribute to this epidemic, but recent studies show a growing link between emotional conditions—like loneliness and unhealthy relationships—and heart disease. From a holistic perspective, these findings make intuitive sense: hearts have both physical and emotional significance in our lives, so it’s easy to see how a “heartache” of one sort can trigger a corresponding pain in the body.
The heart is an essential organ—biologically, it distributes oxygen to every cell in the body; psychologically, it represents our emotional center and source of love; spiritually, the heart is the abode of our inner divinity.
How can we learn to nourish and support our heart on all three of these levels: physically, psychologically, and spiritually? Join Dr. Carrie Demers as she explores the causes of heart disease and shares the science supporting holistic options for treatment and prevention. Learn why an integrative approach that combines familiar physical strategies (lifestyle, diet, and stress management) with more subtle options (human connection and spiritual practices such as yoga) is the best way to support heart health for life.
Format: Video with audio download
Length: 55 mins
Source: Livestream recorded live at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA on February 17, 2019.