Yoga For COPD: These Yoga Asanas Better Lung and Respiratory Functions For Utmost Relief

Ever tried yoga for respiratory issues? Here's how it can help...

Gandharv Gulati
Written by: Gandharv GulatiUpdated at: Dec 20, 2019 11:40 IST
Yoga For COPD: These Yoga Asanas Better Lung and Respiratory Functions For Utmost Relief

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing. Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, mucus, tight chest are the common signs that you might be suffering from COPD. People who smoke are at a greater risk of getting COPD as nicotine causes severe lung damage. With air sacs losing their elasticity, the air flows less due to nasal blockage and cause breathing issues. Thus, COPD patients must practice Yoga to improve their health and relieve the symptoms of COPD. Here are some of the best Yoga Poses for this problem.

Surya Namaskar


This is a sequence of multiple yoga poses which is good to kick start the day. Those with COPD must practice this daily to get rid of the uneasiness that this condition causes. Here are the 12 exercises in this set: Prayer pose

  • Raised arms pose
  • Hand to foot pose
  • Equestrian pose
  • Stick pose
  • Eight-part salutation
  • Cobra pose
  • Dog pose
  • Equestrian pose
  • Standing forward bend
  • Raised arms pose
  • Mountain pose

As people start practicing this exercise, they will experience positive changes in their breathing and stamina.

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Breathing Exercises or Pranayam


Yoga is incomplete without breathing exercises. These strengthen lung functions and better respiration. Also, Yoga brings calmness to lower down stress levels and provide relaxation. As per the ‘National Center for Biotechnology Information’, practicing yoga and pranayamas improve oxygen saturation in COPD patients. Not just that, it also alleviated stress and anxiety in them.

Pursed Lip Breathing

The one mistake that COPD patients commit is shortening their exhalation which triggers breathlessness. In the Pursed lip breathing exercise,

Gently lean forward and form pursed lips as if you are cooling a hot beverage or blowing a kiss. Inhale and exhale while performing this exercise. It empties the lungs and regulates breathing.

Belly Breathing Pose

COPD affects your Diaphragm’s ability. Put your one hand on your belly and the other hand on the chest. Now, press your stomach gently to push up the diaphragm. This technique not only betters breathing but also boosts blood circulation to strengthen respiratory muscles.

Seated Spinal Twist 

This Yoga is practiced to boost the efficiency of the respiratory muscles. As you stretch your chest, the respiratory system gets activated and boosts oxygen flow in the body. As you breathe vertically in the seated position, the lungs open up thus reducing breathing problems.

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Triangle Pose


Triangle pose is made by standing side bends. This yoga pose is good to stretch your rib cage and increasing the breathing capacity if the diaphragm.

  • Start by bending your head and looking down.
  • Control your breath.
  • Now tilt your head upwards
  • When you stay in this pose, the airways that got blocked due to bronchitis or emphysema will open up. 

Cat pose

This Yoga asana is ideal to improve the respiratory functions with proper inhaling and exhaling. The repetitive movements in this exercise help you to practice timing the breath.

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