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5 yoga poses to strengthen your lungs, ease symptoms of pneumonia
Posted 12 Nov 2020 02:54 PM


5 yoga poses to strengthen your lungs, ease symptoms of pneumonia


Pneumonia is a lung infection that is mostly caused by the presence of bacteria, viruses, or fungi in the system. The most common type of pneumonia is bacterial pneumonia. The infection is caused due to a majority of the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs, inflaming the organs. This becomes a serious disease since the alveoli are responsible for pumping oxygen while breathing, thus, their malfunction becomes harmful. When the alveoli are inflamed, they are filled with fluids and pus. This leaves very little space for air in them causing obstruction while breathing. Performing yoga asanas have been known to have multiple benefits for the human body, mind, and soul. But, the less known fact is - yoga can also be performed to help treat or cure pneumonia. Here are 5 yoga asanas that can help cure the onset of pneumonia.

Yoga asanas that may help people with pneumonia

1. Kapalbhati - Kapalbhati is a pranayama yoga pose. It improves one’s general immune system. Pranayama yoga is known to remove up to 80 per cent of the toxins in your body. The essential part of pranayama yoga is controlled breathing.

Sit comfortably on a yoga mat/blanket.
Inhale deeply through your nose.
While inhaling, pull your stomach inward as much as possible.
Exhale through your nose.
Repeat this for 20 minutes a day.

2. Bhastrika Pranayama - This is another pranayama yoga pose focused on easing pains and worries related to the disease. This exercise is extremely beneficial for people dealing with pneumonia. It not only clears the mind but also helps with breathing difficulties.

Sit in the Lotus pose on a yoga mat/blanket.
Close your eyes.
Inhale deeply, and completely fill your lungs with air.
Count till 5 slowly while you inhale.
Breathe out gently.
Again count till 5 slowly while you exhale.
Continue these steps for 20 minutes.

3. Easy Pose (Sukhasana) - Easy Pose or Sukhasana, is a foundational posture used for seated meditation instead of Lotus Pose (like the one stated above). This pose is a little complex as compared to the Bhastrika Pranayama.

Sit in the Lotus pose on a yoga mat/blanket.
Cross the right leg in front of the left so that your knees pile right over your feet.
Sit straight so that the bowl of your pelvis is straight.
Hold your knees with your hands.
Use your arms to pull the length of the spine forward and up.
Draw the sacrum towards the navel and the thoracic spine towards the sternum.
Maintain this active and lifted spine and turn the palms to face the ceiling, drawing the hands back until the heads of the upper arms are in line with the side body.
Press down firmly with the sitting bones to elongate the spine any amount more, lifting and opening the chest.
Notice if the front ribs have flared and instead soften them.
Center the head directly over the pelvis with the chin level to the floor.
Maintain a soft and steady gaze.
Hold for anywhere from 10 breaths to several minutes, then switch the cross of the legs and repeat on the other side.

4. Staff Pose (Dandasana) - Dandasana is a simple seated pose that strengthens the deep muscles of your lower back, your abdomen, and your muscles deep in the pelvis. This improves your overall posture and builds a solid foundation for the healthy alignment of your spine. The aligned spine and regulated breathing help the opening up of your lungs, thus reducing the onset of pneumonia.

Sit in the Lotus pose on a yoga mat/blanket.
Extend your legs together and extended in front of your torso.
Sit on your sit bones as much as possible.
Engage your thigh muscles and flex both feet.
Stack the shoulders directly on top of the hips.
Release your shoulders away from your ears.
Keep your arms straight and the palms flat on the floor, on either side of your hips, to support your spine.
Inhale to lengthen your spine.
Try to stay for five deep breaths with the legs fully active.

5. Nirvana Pranayam (pursed lip breathing) - Nirvana Pranayam is a breathing routine devised to make your breaths more effective by making them slower and more intended. You breathe while puckering your lips and exhaling through them slowly and deliberately, often to a count.

Sit at a calm and secluded spot.
Relax and prepare yourself for this asana.
Breathe in slowly through your nose.
Bring your lips closer and pucker/squeeze them.
While exhaling, breathe through your lips.
Continue doing so 2-3 times at an interval or as long as you are breathed in.
Repeat this at least 10-15 times.

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