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COPD: Try These Yoga Asanas To Boost Lung Capacity

In this article, we share 6 yoga asanas that can boost lung capacity and are beneficial for people with COPD or people who may be prone to it.

COPD: Try These Yoga Asanas To Boost Lung Capacity

COPD is a condition that affects the health of our lungs and can lead to other chronic diseases

Airflow from the lungs becomes restricted due to the chronic inflammatory lung illness known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The signs and symptoms include wheezing, coughing up mucus (sputum), and difficulty breathing. It is frequently brought on by prolonged exposure to irritant gases or particulates, most frequently from cigarette smoke. 

Heart disease, lung cancer, and a number of other diseases are more likely to occur in people with COPD. Hence, it is important to treat COPD or take preventive measures against the same. One such effective measure is yoga. 

Yoga has been proven to boost our health in a variety of ways. Yoga may also help boost your lung capacity and overall health of your lungs. Read on as we share step-by-step of effective yoga poses that will help boost your lung capacity. 

These yoga asanas will help boost your lung capacity:

1. Balasana

  • Sit straight with your legs folded
  • At this point, your feet are supposed to be facing upwards
  • Now, slowly bend your torso forward on the floor
  • At this point, your arms should be extending forward as well, as far as possible
  • Your face should also be facing the floor as well as your palms
  • Your calves, forehead, and palms should all be touching the ground in this position
  • As it only stretches your body and is a resting pose, it provides comfort and relaxation
  • Hold this position for 10-15 seconds and perform 4-5 sets daily.

2. Paschimottanasana 

  • Sit straight in your legs straight in front of you
  • In this position, your feet's soles should be facing front
  • Slowly bring your torso closer to your legs and as far as possible
  • You can use your hands to hold your feet, this may increase how far you can reach
  • In this position, your stomach and chest are supposed to be touching your thighs
  • Your face can be facing the front or towards the legs, whichever may be comfortable
  • Hold this position for 10-20 seconds and sit back up
  • You can repeat it a few times based on your convenience

3. Bhujangasana  

  • Lie on the floor, face facing the ground
  • Now, place your palms on your sides and slowly lift your torso
  • At this point, the only body parts touching the ground should be your palms and lower body
  • Hold this position for 30 seconds and release
  • Repeat 3-4 times daily

4. Ustrasana

  • Sit while resting on your calves and knees
  • Your thighs should not be touching your calves
  • Now slowly place your hands on your ankle
  • At this point, your face should be facing the ceiling
  • Hold this position for 10-20 seconds and repeat for 3-5 minutes

5. Marjaryasana-bitilasana

  • Get on your knees and hands (How you would imitate a four-legged animal)
  • Lift your back upwards, forming a mountain-like structure
  • While you do that, make sure you push your face inwards, looking at your own torso
  • Now, push your back inwards, forming a 'U' position with your back
  • While you do that, look toward the ceiling
  • Repeat mountain motion with face inwards and then ‘U' structure with face upwards for a minute

6. Dhanurasana

  • Lie on your stomach with your hands at your sides and your legs straight
  • Bring your feet as near to your buttocks as you can while bending your knees back
  • Gently grip your ankles with your rear arm
  • Make sure your hips and knees are in the same space
  • Lift your thighs just a little bit off the ground as you draw your feet closer to your torso
  • Lift both your head and chest at the same moment
  • Maintain a flat pelvis on the ground
  • Maintain for 4–5 breaths
  • Maintain a mild stretch that is comfortable for you if breathing is difficult
  • Some folks might decide to omit this action

Add these yoga poses to your daily routine for healthy lungs and an overall better health. 

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