5 Yoga Exercises for a Healthy Respiratory System
Indiranagar, Bengaluru Feb 21, 2017
The respiratory system is one of the most imperative parts of the body. Its function involves supplying oxygen to every cell in the body and comprises of the lungs, nose, mouth, sinuses and passages throughout the body which transport the oxygen through the blood. Lack of oxygen due to any reason, not only furthers complications but also poses a great threat to life.
Your respiratory system is one of the most important parts of your body. It is connected to the whole body and supplies oxygen to every cell. It includes lungs, nose, mouth, sinuses and all the passages through your body which transport the oxygen through the blood. Oxygen is inhaled, transformed into energy and carbon dioxide is exhaled. Additionally, the air is used to produce sound through the vibration of your vocal chords.
Most Breathing problems are chronic or long-term. Common breathing problems include:
• Lung Cancer
• Pulmonary Embolism
Yoga provides the most natural treatment for the problems related to respiratory system. With regular practice over a prolonged time period, the asanas and breathing exercises help in keeping the complications at bay.
5 Yoga Exercises for a healthy respiratory system:
Pranayama for breathing problems involves you to sit with the legs crossed and align the spine, neck and head in a straight line. Close your eyes, and focus solely on breathing using the abdomen in both rapid and slow motions. Repeat for a few minutes to experience relaxation.
Also known as cleansing breath, it involves taking a deep breath and exhaling out forcefully. It focuses on the contraction in the lower abdomen. Cleans the passages, and is helpful with diseases like asthma and chronic bronchitis.
This asana uses alternate breathing technique. Hold your thumb against your right nostril as you inhale through the left nostril. Lift your thumb and allow the air to escape through your right nostril. Repeat 2 or 3 times. It helps purify the blood and the respiratory system.
4. Jastiasana: Lie down on your back. Stretch your hands straight upward and hold your right thumb with the left thumb. The lower body will be stretched downward and upper body to be stretched upward. Hold and count till 10 seconds. Repeat twice. This helps provide natural traction.
Sit up straight, and inhale deeply via the nose allowing the inhalation to stroke the throat area. Close both eyes and ears softly with the help of index fingers. Then slowly exhale the air creating a buzzing sound. It is one of the yoga poses for clearing lungs.