Cleanse yourself of smog ... by breathing! 3 simple exercises to do at home to detoxify yourself from pollution (and more)

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Some traditional yoga exercises that help to dispose of the harmful effects of pollution on the lungs and detoxify the body

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THEair pollution it has serious effects on our health and especially those who already have respiratory problems or asthma can suffer more. However, we can defend ourselves, at least in part, by practicing some breathing exercises that derive from the yogic tradition and that help our lungs to stay cleaner by eliminating toxins.





Considering that the coronavirus also affects the lungs and the risk seems to be greater if we live in polluted areas (as several studies have shown), it is now more important than ever to take care of our respiratory system. How?

We can start with 3 easy breathing exercises to do comfortably at home, useful for fighting the effects of air pollution.

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Kapalbhati

Kapalbhati is a breathing method that helps detoxify the whole organism. It is an exercise that helps eliminate toxins from the lungs but also from the brain, it also strengthens the abdominal muscles, increases the flow of oxygen and improves digestion.

Here's how it's done:

  • sit straight with your spine straight and your legs crossed
  • inhale deeply, exhale rapidly making a snorting sound. Focus on fast exhalation, not inhalation
  • when you exhale, simultaneously pull the abdominal muscles inward. The abdomen should fold when you exhale and rise when you inhale.

This type of breathing should be practiced for 10 minutes.

Agnisar kriya

Agnisar kriya means to stimulate the digestive fire. In fact, exercise works on the metabolism but also helps detoxify the respiratory tract and improve the functioning of the abdominal organs.

This type of breathing ultimately strengthens our immune defenses.

Here's how it's done:

  • standing with hands on knees and shoulders straight
  • take a deep breath through your nose, hold your breath and tilt your head forward trying to touch your chin with your chest
  • pull the abdomen inward. Now exhale, expand your stomach all the way and bring your chin back straight.

The exercise must be repeated 10 times and must be done on an empty stomach. Best avoided when menstruating.



Bhastrika

This breathing exercise helps detoxify the body and recharge it with energy. People suffering from asthma or breathing problems are advised to practice this technique under the supervision of an expert.

Here's how to do the exercise:

  • Sit straight with your legs bent and your shoulders relaxed. Take deep breaths through your nose and when you inhale, expand your belly as much as possible.
  • exhale forcefully through your nose and inhale forcefully at the rate of one second per cycle
  • the breath should come from the diaphragm. Keep your neck, head, chest and shoulders still as you move your belly in and out.

Read also:



  • Deep Breathing: 10 Health Benefits

  • Alternating nostril breathing: the benefits and how to practice it

  • Complete yogic breathing: the benefits and how to practice it

  • Abdominal vacuum, the most effective breathing exercise than crunches for a flat stomach

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