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Yoga expert shares effective breathing exercises that can help if you have Covid

"These can be practiced several times a day in duration of 1-5 mins per round or any time frame that is comfortable," said yoga trainer Mansi Gandhi

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
October 14, 2021 9:10:01 am
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While things have gradually started opening up, coronavirus continues to impact many, making it essential for people to follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.

The respiratory infection can cause breathing trouble in patients, especially those with co-morbidities. As such, experts suggest incorporating breathing exercises in one’s fitness routine to improve lung function. Even otherwise, breathing exercises or Pranayamas are known to improve focus, build lung strength, and induce a sense of peace and calm when practiced with the correct technique.

Here is yoga trainer Mansi Gandhi recommending a few breathing exercises that one can incorporate in their daily routine.

 

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“Breathing exercises that can help if you have covid, but can be practiced by anyone or at anytime,” she captioned the post.

Exercise 1

*Lie on your back with the knees bent.
*Place one hand on the navel and the other hand on top of it.
*Breathe in pushing the navel into the palms counting to six.
*Breath out pulling the navel away from the palms counting to six.
*Repeat.

Exercise 2

*Sit cross-legged or on a chair.
*Place one hand on the navel and the other hand on the first.
*Breathe into the palms pushing the navel into it, counting to six.
*Breathe out pulling the navel away from the palm.
*Repeat.

Exercise 3

*Sit cross-legged or on a chair.
*Extend the hands in front of the chest joining the palms together.
*Inhale. Open the hands taking the out at shoulder level to a count of four.
*Exhale. Bring the hands back together again to a count of four.
*Repeat.

Benefits

These can help

*Restore diaphragm function.
*Increase lung capacity.
*Lessen feelings of anxiety and stress.
*Improve sleep.
*Plays an important role in Covid-19 recovery, said Mansi.

Precautions

Do not start if

*You have a fever.
*You have shortness of breath.
*You have chest pain or palpitations.
*You have swelling in your legs.

Stop immediately if you experience

*Dizziness.
*More than usual shortness of breath.
*Chest pain.
*Excessive fatigue.
*Irregular heartbeat.

“The above can be practiced several times a day in duration of 1-5 mins per round or any time frame that is comfortable,” she mentioned.

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