Around the world, pollution levels are devastating our cities and urban areas, as well as the environment. In the UK alone, 40,000 die every single year as a result of poor-quality air in their local areas. In other parts of the world, cities like Mumbai and Beijing are plagued by toxic smogs that can envelop the cities in mere hours.
However, not only is this smog damaging our lungs, but it’s also affecting the respiratory functions of both children and adults.
Environmental Protection Agencies around the world have deemed their air qualities too poor to breathe in, and on the worse days, official advice is given to stay indoors and even to avoid strenuous activities. During these despairing times, having control over your own breathing functions is essential.
Regardless of what age you are, what condition your respiratory system is currently in or where you live, here are some yoga practices that can help you find off respiratory diseases and make breathing easier.
This is a type of yoga posture that is exceptionally beneficial to individuals who may be suffering from lung congestion or even bronchitis. This is one of the most common forms of pose, particularly common in those who meditate.
All you need to do is sit with your legs crossed while ensuring that your back is straight. Breath in and out as deeply as you can several times. Try to make your inhale just as long as your exhale and visa versa.
To make the breathing extra effective, try inhaling through your nose for five seconds, holding for ten seconds and then exhaling for ten seconds. This can help to build strength in your lungs and your respiratory system dramatically.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
This is a pose that’s helpful for building up strength in the muscles in your chest as well as expanding the capacity of your lungs. It’s also a form of a downward dog.
To achieve this position, all you need to do is to get yourself into tabletop position, tuck in your toes while straightening your legs. Lift your hips towards the ceiling, spread your fingers and you’ll be in the position.
You’ll need to make sure you keep your spine straight and long and that your neck is also in-line with your spine. Hold for around one minute if possible. You can build up this time the more you practice.
The final pose for improving your breathing and respiratory system is one that focuses on opening up your heart and lung areas, stretching them out while ensuring that are active.
For this pose, you’ll need to lie flat on your stomach and then engage your back muscles while lifting up your head and your upper torso. Your hands should be in line with your hips. Then make sure your elbows are straight underneath your shoulders.
Open up your chest, gaze gently forward and make sure your shoulders are nice and relaxed. Hold for one minute, and you’ll be well on your way to building your chest strength and capacity.