How Yoga Changes Your Body and Your Life
Approximately 24 million US citizens could have COPD, a condition that includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema. People suffering from COPD have trouble expelling used air out from the lungs, which cause difficulties in inhaling healthy fresh air. Although COPD can’t be cured, a patient’s condition could be improved by controlling the symptoms such as shortness of breath. COPD is usually brought on by cigarette smoking, and it affects both women and men. Often, symptoms are seen in people in their 30s-40s.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a systemic inflammatory illness, which results with hard breathing.
The researchers conducted an investigation to determine if basic, methodical yoga training has an impact on the level of inflammation, difficulty breathing and the quality of life in those suffering from COPD.
29 individuals with COPD were involved in this research. They received yoga training which consisted of asanas- physical postures, pranayama-breathing techniques, kriyas-cleansing techniques, meditation and shavasan-relaxation technique. The training was performed two times a week for one hour, for four weeks. After this period, participants were trained for 1 hour every 2 weeks, and the remaining sessions they have concluded at home.
Participants were examined on lung function, evaluation of breathing, quality of life, and also the degree of inflammation. Another evaluation was carried out at the end of the 12-week yoga training. Each parameter presented a significant improvement by the conclusion of the 12-week yoga session.
This study confirmed that yoga can be simple, highly effective non-cost strategy which can significantly improve quality of life in those suffering with COPD.