Top 4 Yoga Poses for Healthy Lungs




Optimum working of the lungs is important for various functions of the body. All vital organs of the body require oxygen to function in a healthy manner. Here are a few yoga poses to boost your lung health. Let’s get started.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing

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This long deep breathing technique relaxes the body, opens up the chest and increases oxygen supply to all parts of the body.

How to Do:

  • Sit comfortably with your legs crossed and spine straight. Take your right hand and close the right nostril with the thumb.
  • Inhale with the left nostril and then using the ring finger and your pinky finger, close the left nostril.
  • Open the right nostril and exhale.
  • Now inhale with your right nostril, close the right nostril with your thumb and exhale with the left nostril. This is one round.
  • Do this breathing exercise for 10 rounds.

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Long Deep Breathing

Long Deep Breathing

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Long deep breathing is a form of Kundalini yoga breathing. It relaxes the mind and body and increases the flow of prana and reduces toxin buildup in the lungs.

How to Do:

  • Sit comfortably in a quiet place with your legs crossed and spine erect.
  • Place one hand on the belly right below the ribs. Keep the other hand on your chest.
  • Take a normal breath.
  • Now take a deep breath through your nose. Notice your belly swell up.
  • Hold your breath for a moment or two.
  • Now slowly exhale the air from your mouth. As you exhale notice how your belly deflates.
  • Do this several times and establish a rhythmic breathing pattern.
  • Imagine that your body becomes relaxed as you inhale and that you do away with stress while exhaling out the air.
  • Start with practicing this technique for 100 minutes and build it up to 15-20 minutes.

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Cat-Cow Pose (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)

cat-cow pose

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This is a gentle pose that alternates between two yoga forms and strengthens the spine and clears the lungs.

How to Do:

  • Go on your hands and knees. The shoulder is over the wrists and the knees are under the hips.
  • First, we start with cow pose. Inhale as the belly goes down and the shoulders are pulled out with your gaze upwards.
  • Next, exhale as you draw the tailbone inside and lower your head while drawing the belly towards the spine upwards. Draw your chin towards the chest. The pose resembles a cat stretching her back.
  • Return to the cow pose.

Repetitions: Repeat this cycle 10-15 times.

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Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Bridge Pose

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This restorative yoga pose stretches the spine and expands the chest for optimum breathing.

How to Do:

  • Lie on your back and if your back hurts, place a pillow or a rounded towel below your neck and shoulders.
  • Fold your legs with knees on the floor, putting the heels as close to the hips as possible.
  • Take a breath and while exhaling, lift your hips in the air with the pressure of the inner feet and the hands.
  • Lift the buttocks till they are parallel to the floor.
  • Lengthen the tailbone and keep the knees over the heels. Push up the pubis towards the navel.
  • Lift the chin and firmly place the shoulder blades against your back.
  • Slowly try lifting the space between the shoulder blades into the torso.
  • Stay in the pose for 15-20 seconds and release while exhaling into the supine position.

These poses allow deep breathing that removes toxins from the lungs and strengthens the lung muscles. Practice regularly for best results.

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Written by: Pravallika Menon

Pravallika Menon is editor & Writer for "BeautyEpic.com". Full time beautician for a organic Hair n Makeup saloon. She has completed graduation in Andhra University. Social Activist & Yoga Trainer.

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