Yoga helps to regain lost lung capacity

With air pollution as the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ill effects of the polluted air we breathe and the many health complications it causes in the human body, are being understood by both the world powers and the common people alike.

While there maybe quite little that a regular urban dweller can do to reduce pollution in a city, he/she can choose how to reduce its impact on their individual bodies.

Yoga masters are now stressing on breathing exercises to relieve the ill-effects of pollution on the lungs and other respiratory organs of the body.

According to Devadas Chauhan, a 76-year-old yoga master who has been practicing and teaching yoga for the last 32 years, the ancient practice of yoga caters to the three key components of a human body. “For the external body we have asanas, for internal organs we have pranayamam and for the mind we need to do dhyanamam,” said Chauhan.

For internal organs like lungs, respiratory tract, nostrils and windpipe, which are impacted by respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis, respiratory tract infection, Chauhan recommends incorporation of pranayamam into the regular yoga routine.

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