Yoga poses for stronger lungs

Air pollution can do no harm if your lungs are strong enough. Boost their strength even more with yoga.

The deteriorating air quality due to stubble and cracker burning during Diwali has put us at grave risk of several health problems. Our lungs are affected most by the toxic pollutants that irritate airways and cause symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath apart from risk of other respiratory ailments.

Yoga, the thousands year old practice, has several asanas and pranayama techniques that can improve lung capacity. Studies have vouched for the many benefits of yoga for lungs and said the controlled breathing during Yoga can ease anxiety, promote relaxation and provide more oxygen to the blood stream.

Yoga can help open blocked airways caused by bronchitis or emphysema, which are linked to COPD (chronic inflammatory lung disease), and improve the function of air circulation. Simple yoga techniques are known to help even in cases of advanced COPD.

“Make a few simple changes in your lifestyle and habits, like keeping yourself hydrated, having nutritious diet and doing yoga for better lung health,” says renowned yoga guru Grand Master Akshar.

Here are Yoga asanas for healthy lungs:
1. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
2. Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
3. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
4. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)

“Along with these poses, you can also include Pranayama techniques like Kapal Bhati. Yoga is a powerful tool which can increase the power of our lungs and remove toxins from your body,” says the yoga expert.

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