Expand Respiratory Capacity, Benefit from Yoga Lung Exercises
Each one of us suck in a certain volume of air with every inhale and release the same volume on every exhale. This volume of air taken in with each inhale is different for different people and if directly proportional to the health of their lungs. One of the parameters for determining the health of the lungs is its capacity. Simply put lung capacity means the volume of air one can intake during a normal inhalation.
Ideally human lung capacity is many times more than we actually utilise. The muscles of the lungs need to be strong enough to be able to suck in air to the full capacity or the volume of air lungs are capable of inhaling. The more air we can inhale the more oxygen reaches the blood leading to better health for each cell comprising the body.
What causes to decrease the lung capacity?
Apart from certain diseases like asthma, emphysema, and restrictive lung disease the capacity of the lungs is also affected by emotional & physical stress,negative thinking, all forms of fears, anger, and anxiety to a larger extent. any form of fear or panicky sensations constricts the muscles of the chest inward as a safety response to any external threat. In case this situation is sustained for longer periods of time the muscles freeze into their shorter forms itself reducing the overall volume of the thoracic cavity.
This restricts the lungs from bulging to their maximum reducing their overall breathing capacity.
How does Yoga benefit lungs?
Yoga exercises are good for lungs. Most of the Yoga postures stretch twist and extend the thoracic cavity to its maximum capacity. The forward bending asanas stretch the intercostal muscles ( muscles attached between two ribs) creating more space for the rib cage and the lungs to expand. The yoga pranayamas balance the prana in the whole body which clams the mind down. This creates a ripple effect of relaxation on all the major muscles of the body,thus releasing any tension in the chest as well. Calmer the mind is, fuller is each inhalation.
Works on intercostal muscles
Improves the depth of breath by working on the Diaphragm