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Volume 7 Issue 8 - 2018
A Brief Overview of Yoga for Respiratory Disorders
Shirley Telles*, Deepak Pal, Niranjan Kala, Sachin Kumar Sharma, Ram Kumar Gupta and Acharya Balkrishna
Patanjali Research Foundation, India
*Corresponding Author: Shirley Telles, Director, Patanjali Research Foundation, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Uttarakhand, India.
Received: June 12, 2018; Published: July 09, 2018
Citation: Shirley Telles., et al. “A Brief Overview of Yoga for Respiratory Disorders”. EC Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine 7.8 (2018): 554-556.
Abstract
Yoga is increasingly being used for its benefits in promoting positive health as well as in preventing and treating certain disorders. There are certain respiratory disorders which have responded well to yoga. The most widely studied has been bronchial asthma. There are studies to suggest that following yoga practice persons with bronchial asthma have a reduced need for medication (inhaled or oral), better lung functions and reduced hypersensitivity to known irritants such as histamine. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was reported to benefit from moving meditative practices such as yoga, tai chi and qi gong, with patients having improved lung functions and mobility after these practices. Other chronic conditions which impact the respiratory system such as cystic fibrosis and Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy did show positive outcomes following yoga, chiefly in slowing the progression of the illness and in bringing about a positive mental state in the patients. Hence yoga can positively impact respiratory disorders by improving lung functions, correcting autonomic nervous system abnormalities and by improving the sense of mental wellbeing. This is an area which would benefit from further studies using rigorous research methods and a deeper exploration of the mechanisms underlying the benefits.
Keywords: Yoga; Respiratory Disorders; COPD; ATT
Copyright: © 2018 Shirley Telles., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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