Some breathing exercises to strengthen your lungs

25 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Some breathing exercises to strengthen your lungs

Taking good care of our lungs health has always been important. It has become more crucial in current times when we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that affects the respiratory tract.

Along with maintaining good hygiene, practising social distancing and wearing a mask all the time, having healthy lungs can help you survive the pandemic in a better way.

Performing some breathing exercises every day is one of the easiest ways to maintain muscle strength around the rib cage and diaphragm. This can help to keep your lungs healthy and cut down the risk of complication from being infected by the coronavirus.

Breathing exercises also help to calm your mind, balance energy, stabilise your mood and increase concentration level.

​Ujjayi Pranayama or Ocean breath

The word Ujjayi Pranayama is derived from the Sanskrit word “Ujjayi,” which means to conquer. Practising this kind of breathing may improve concentration, release tension throughout the body, regulate the internal temperature of the body and promote lungs function. In this breathing technique, you have to take a deep breath from both the nostrils and half-closed glottis.

​Kapalbhati Pranayama or Skull Shining Breath

Kapalbhati Pranayama or Skull Shining Breath is an alternating, short explosive exhales and longer inhales technique. Exhales are generated by powerful contractions of the lower belly which help to push air out of the lungs. This kind of Pranayama is excellent to increase your concentration level and strengthen the muscles of the lungs.

​Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama simply means subtle energy clearing breathing technique. Also known as alternate nostril breathing, this kind of breathing exercise helps you manage the stress level, reduce anxiety and promote overall well-being.

​Pursed lips breathing

In pursed lips breathing, you breathe in through your nose and exhale slowly by puckering your lips. When feeling short of breath, pursed lips help to get more oxygen into your lungs and calms you down so that you can breathe in a controlled manner.

​Abdomen breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing also called abdominal breathing or belly breathing encourages complete oxygen exchange. This type of breathing slows the heartbeat and can also stabilize blood pressure. Besides, abdominal breathing helps promote relaxation, stress reduction, increased efficiency in stretching, and better body awareness.

                —Times of India