Fighting Pollution: Five Yogasanas to Strengthen the Lungs

Several states in the northern parts of the country have been hit by smog. While this happens every year, prolonged pollution can harm the body in many ways, and in a pandemic, it is more important to protect and take care of one’s health.

Lung health, in particular, should be given priority. Pollution can cause many respiratory problems or aggravate some existing problems. It is possible to work on strengthening your lungs, says philanthropist, spiritual guru, lifestyle coach, yoga-entrepreneur and author Grand Master Akshar.

This can be done with changes in your lifestyle and habits – drinking plenty of water, eating a nutritious diet and doing yoga regularly.

“Yoga has the power to protect the health of your lungs and improve it through postures like Dhanurasana, Matsyasana, Chakrasana,” he says.

Mushti Mudra into Malasana (Waste Clearance Pose)

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– Begin by standing straight with your arms at the sides of your body.
– Bend your knees, lower your pelvis and place it over your heels.
– Make sure your feet remain flat on the floor.
– You can either place your palms on the floor near your feet or join them in front of your chest in a prayer posture.
– the spine remains straight

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Mushti mudra, also known as fist mudra, is a Sanskrit word that refers to ‘fist’ or ‘closed hand’. It is practiced by closing the fingers and wrapping the thumb around them to form a fist.

Chakrasana

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– Lie down on your back.
– Bend your legs at your knees and make sure your feet are firmly on the floor.
Keeping your palms facing the sky, bend at the elbows. Roll your arms over your shoulders and place your palms on the floor on either side of your head.
While inhaling, apply pressure on your palms and feet and lift your whole body to form an arch.
Relax your neck and allow your head to come back slowly.

Vrishikasana – Scorpion Pose

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Begin by placing your elbows and palms on the ground.
– Spread them shoulder-width apart and point your fingers forward.
Keeping your legs straight, move your toes towards your elbows.
– Point your pelvis upward and focus on one point ahead.
– Raise one leg as high as possible.
Shift your body weight completely on your arms and raise the other leg.
Use the strength of your core, shoulder and arm muscles to maintain balance and stay in the pose for at least 30 seconds.
-Bending your back, try to bring your toes towards your head.

Badha Yagyasana – Offering pose with tied hands

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Begin by considering the downward-facing breathing.
– Bring your right foot between your palms.
Keep your left knee down and spread your toes out.
– Place your right shoulder under your right thigh, bend your arms and bring it back.
– Take your left hand back and clasp your right wrist.
Without losing balance, gently place your head on the ground next to your right foot.
Stay in this posture for some time.
– Alternate your legs and repeat the steps listed above.

Bhujapidasana – Shoulder Pressing Pose

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Begin with Adho Mukha Svanasana.
– Place your right foot on the outside of your right palm.
– Place your left foot on the outside of your left palm.
– Place your right shoulder under your right thigh.
– Place your left shoulder under your left thigh.
Bring your thighs/knees as close to your shoulders as possible.
– Lift your feet off the floor and bring them in front of you.
– Find your balance and lock your ankles.
– Open your shoulders and focus on one point.
Hold this posture for some time.

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