Why are these asanas related to stronger lungs?
As the world battles against the deadly coronavirus infection, it is of utmost importance to strengthen the lungs, now more than ever. Apart from following social distancing and maintaining good hygiene, it is also necessary to keep the lungs healthy to avoid any infection.
Excess phlegm particles in the lungs and respiratory tract can potentially make the body a breeding ground for a variety of pathogens. With social distancing and lockdown still in effect, this is probably the best time to do yoga as it not only helps in the breakdown of mucus in the lungs but also flushes it out of the body. With the increasing air pollution levels, every year during Diwali bursting crackers increase air pollution. an increase in the number of lung patients has also been observed.
Yoga is said to reduce stress levels and improve the efficiency of the lungs by making them stronger. Yoga exercises such as Bow Pose or Wheel Pose improve lung capacity and strengthen them as you breathe. Yoga exercises can help clear mucus from the airways. The best time to do these yoga exercises is before sunrise as it helps in keeping the person energetic, positive, and active throughout the day. Yoga Asanas that include abdominal, thoracic, and clavicular breathing help to gain effective breath control, improve breathing habits, and increase oxygen intake.
Standing, sitting, or lying down not only strengthens the back, thigh, and abdominal muscles but also increases oxygen and lung capacity. If practiced regularly, these asanas help refine breathing by lengthening the process of inhalation and exhalation, improving lung muscles, and treating various respiratory disorders such as cough and cold, sinus, asthma. It also helps in treatment etc.
Here we have listed these 5 yoga asanas to improve lung health:
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Lie straight on your stomach and keep your head on the ground. Place both your hands on either side of your shoulders. Slowly, apply pressure to your palms and lift your body off the torso, stretching your back and abdominal muscles. Straighten your arms and keep your shoulder blades pressed against your back. Gaze at a point on the ceiling and hold this pose for about 15-30 seconds and return to the starting position as you exhale.
Health benefits: Cobra poses not only improves mental peace but also strengthens the mind and helps in expanding the chest and lungs. It also helps to soothe sciatica, strengthens the spine, and provides relief from asthma symptoms.
Dhanurasana aka bow pose
Begin by lying on your stomach, bending your knees, and clasping your ankles with your palms. Have a strong hold. Raise your legs and arms as high as you can. Look up and stay in this posture for some time.
Ushtrasana aka Camel Pose
Lie down on your knees on a yoga mat and place your hands on your hips. Simultaneously, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet until your arms are straight. Do not strain or flex your neck, but keep it in a neutral position. Stay in this posture for a couple of breaths. While exhaling slowly come back to the starting position. Take your hands back and bring them back to your hips as you straighten.
Chakrasana aka Wheel Pose
Lie on your back, bend your legs at your knees and make sure your feet are firmly on the floor. Keeping your palms facing the sky, bend your arms at the elbows. Roll your arms over the shoulders, and place your palms on the floor on either side of your head.
Ardha Chandrasana aka Half Moon Pose
Start with Padahastasana Extend your left leg back, drop your knee and point your toes out. Extend your arms above your head, and lookup. Make sure your right knee is aligned with your ankle. Bend your upper body backward, and form an arch (which looks like a half-moon). Stay in this posture for some time. Repeat the same with the other leg.
When we spoke to Yoga Instructor Neetu Singh, She said that the more you expand your lungs during doing asanas the more your lungs will be healthier and stronger.
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