How does yoga help the lungs

Yoga for the lungsThe yoga teaching from India is a philosophical school that includes physical exercises that are supposed to promote the unity of body, mind and soul. Some exercises are aimed at strengthening the lungs.

Those who know little about yoga often relegate it to the category of “physical contortions” or “meditative states”. However, these images do not do yoga justice at all. The very old, holistic teaching from India helps to bring body, mind and soul into balance. It can be translated as unity, connection or harmony and impresses with the diverse effects it brings to the practitioner.1 Originally, yoga was primarily aimed at the search for enlightenment. Physical exercises only served to create the greatest possible well-being. Today yoga offers enjoy a high priority, because their health effects - without putting undue strain on the body - are in the foreground.

Physical exercises

Word has long got around that yoga is good for physical and mental health. Nevertheless, some people shy away from the "boring exercises with a lot of meditation". In Asia, especially in India, yoga is part of everyday life and ensures that the practitioners are more relaxed, more flexible, more concentrated, more satisfied, more energetic and healthier. Because yoga can do all of this! The variety of “asanas”, the yoga positions, is so great that there are solutions for almost all complaints - especially if they are practiced regularly. The breathing exercises are an important part of all yoga sessions. Ideally, they are learned with the help of a yoga teacher, a yogi or a yogini. You can choose from, for example, yoga exercises for colds, chronic rhinitis, chronic bronchitis or general respiratory diseases. They have such pictorial names as gorilla, lion, bee, cow's mouth or slime thrower. With their help, mucus is removed from the airways, relaxation is found in spasms or the chest muscles are stretched and strengthened. The respiratory muscles are relaxed and strengthened at the same time, alternating breathing and breathing meditation alternate with relaxation.1

Breathe freely with yoga

Neti, the cleansing of the nose, is considered to be helpful for a healthy lungs. Kapalabhati, the purification of the lungs through rapid breathing, is somewhat more complex. Yoga breathing exercises strengthen the lungs, and the stretching of the chest in different directions also helps - these are, for example, forward bend, backward bend, twist and side twist and sideways bend. In order for the lungs to regenerate, deep relaxation is also valued. In addition, yoga experts recommend cardiovascular training, such as the sun salutation or gentle endurance sports.2 The yardstick for yoga exercises is always your own abilities. The comparison with others is not relevant, because it is about personal development, about exploring individual limits. Some terms keep recurring in yoga classes:

  • Asanas: postures; z. B. Candle, plow, fish, cobra, bow, rotating seat, triangle, looking down dog, lotus position, headstand etc.
  • Pranayama: breathing techniques
  • Savasana: relaxation exercises
  • Kriya: physical cleansing technique
  • Hatha Yoga: more physical yoga practices
  • Kundalini Yoga: Focus on awakening and directing Kundalini energy
  • Jnana Yoga: Yoga of Silence; without physical exercise
  • Ashtanga Yoga: Hatha yoga system with asanas and pranayama
  • Sivananda Yoga: classic holistic yoga
  • Laughter Yoga: focus on baseless laughter

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