A three-month pilot study of hypertensive patients published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology by Elsevier shows that incorporating yoga into a regular exercise regimen improves cardiovascular health and well-being and is more effective than stretching. Yoga improved 10-year cardiovascular risk by lowering systolic blood pressure and resting heart rate. Yoga is part of spiritual and exercise practices for millions of people around the world. As yoga practice becomes a widely accepted form of exercise, the number of yoga studies is growing. It is a versatile lifestyle activity that can positively improve cardiovascular health and well-being. Physical exercises such as stretching exercises and the physical components of yoga practice have several similarities, but also important differences.