5 Yoga Asanas for Healthier Lungs and Better Breathing

This air in our environment is deteriorating day by day. This is severely affecting our bodies, especially our lungs. Many people are suffering from chronic lung diseases while some are developing its crucial symptoms. To deal with it, we need more than medications, we need yoga. Yoga has the power to heal anything. Below are five yoga asanas for healthier lungs that one can follow to heal or prevent lung diseases. 

Trikonasana / Triangle Pose

Trikonasana is considered modern yoga and is a standing asana. It greatly benefits the body during exhalation and inhalation as it forms an easier passage for the air. Its function is to clear the lungs for the air to pass and to help in the chest cavity while expanding and contracting. 

Yoga Asanas for Healthier Lungs

It includes twisting of the upper body that helps in massaging the internal organs hence, helping them to function in a better way. This also enhances the ability of the organs such as the liver and kidneys to flush the toxins from the body. 

Steps to follow: 

  1. Begin by standing in a straight posture and paying special attention to the straightness of the calf muscles. Keep a distance of 3 feet between the two legs.
  2. Keep your right foot at an angle of 90 degrees and the left foot at an angle of 15 degrees. Try to adjust the tip of the right foot that is aligned with the center of the arch to that of the left foot. 
  3. See that both of your feet are sticking to the grounds making a firm position. Balance the weight of the whole body on both feet equally.
  4. Inhale fully through your nose and as you slowly exhale, twist your body to the right and try to touch the ground with the tip of your finger. While doing it, lift the left hand towards the ceiling. Keep a check that both your arms form a straight line. 
  5. Now repeat the same procedure with the left leg.

Some might have difficulty while touching the ground, so you can also place your right hand on your shin or ankle until you make it to the ground. 

Nadi Shodhan pranayama / alternate nostril breathing

If you start practising Nadi shodhan pranayama it helps your body to release stress, anxiety and gives relaxation to your brain. People who suffered from breathing problems began to practice this type of breathing and a significant improvement in their health was seen after regular practising. 

Yoga Asanas for Healthier Lungs

Steps to follow:

  1. Sit on the floor in a comfortable cross-legged position with your spine straight.
  2. Make your left palm face the ceiling and place it on the left knee. 
  3. Know to take the right hand, place the index and the middle finger in between the eyebrows. Place the little and the ring finger on the left nostrils and finally the thumb on the right nostril. 
  4. Close the left nostril and inhale through the right one. Wait for 10 seconds. Now close the right nostril and exhale slowly through the left nostril. 
  5. Now inhale from the left nostril and repeat the steps. Do an equal number of inhalations and exhalations in both the nostrils for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bhujangasana / Cobra pose

It is a great yoga pose that not only benefits your lungs but also the whole body. This gives our brains mental calmness and strengthens the mind. It provides relief to the chest and the spine by stretching them completely. It also reduces the risks of asthmatic symptoms. 

Yoga Asanas for Healthier Lungs

Steps to follow:

  1. Begin with lying down with your face touching the mat. Keep the front of your feet facing the mat and 10 of your toes pressed against it as well. 
  2. Now start by pressing your palms against the mat, the position of the palm should be slightly lower than the shoulders. Make sure your spine is straight.
  3. Now pull your shoulders slightly backwards and away from your ears. 
  4. Now by engaging your abs and belly button drawn back, pull your entire upper body backwards. By entire, it means the part of the body until the abdomen. 
  5. Now hold on to this pose and try to take 4 to 5 complete breaths. Push a little higher with each exhale. 
  6. Now go back to the second step and practice for another 5 minutes. 

Ardha matsyendrasana / Sitting half spinal twist

Practising sitting half spinal twist will help in the opening of the chest cavity thereby allowing an increase in the supply of oxygen to the lungs. This pose involves breathing through the abdominals by which the efficiency of the lungs is increased. It also helps to release stress and tension stuck in the back body. 

Yoga Asanas for Healthier Lungs

Steps to follow:

  1. Begin by sitting on the ground with your spine straight. Stretch your legs in front of you and let the feet touch each other. 
  2. Now start by bending your right leg and place your left foot around the right knee corner. Next, take your left hand and place it at your back.
  3. Now stretch your right hand upwards while pushing the knee back using the elbow. Staying in the same position, hold your right food. 
  4. The right hand should be placed behind and the left hand should rest on the right knee. 
  5. Stretch your neck and look over your left shoulder, keeping your spine erect.
  6. This is the final position. Inhale and exhale deeply and slowly. This will also benefit the digestion process. 

Matsyasana / Fish pose

Practising fish pose will distribute the oxygen that is being inhaled, equally to both the lungs. It enhances blood circulation and stimulates deep respirations. It encourages deep breathing by stretching the lungs, hence, providing relief from respiratory disorders. 

Yoga Asanas for Healthier Lungs

Steps to follow:

  1. Lie on your back with slightly bent knees. 
  2. Lift your hip slightly while bringing both hands under the hip.
  3. While inhaling, push your upper body while bending your elbows. 
  4. Keep your chest elevated and make your head backwards.
  5. Stay in this position as long as you are comfortable. Breath in deeply and breath out completely.  

Try these yoga poses for living a healthy life.

Take a deep breath and enjoy life to the hilt!

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