Don’t Lose Your Breath ! Practice Yog & Increase Oxygen Level
Oxygen is life and at this crucial time of pandemic it’s very important to practice those yogic practices which help in increasing the oxygen levels of an individual instantly.
Though Yog is a lifelong practice with amazing results for leading a better life in all aspects but its results can also be seen and felt instantly. Hence here in this article we are sharing 4 simple steps to increase the oxygen levels instantly.
These 4 practices shall be done in same order as given.
Stress is one of the major causes of shortness of breath, hence it is very important to calm yourself and to stop any kind of Panic.
Chanting of ‘Om’ is a wonderful yogic kriya to treat almost all physical and mental problems and to instantly raise the oxygen levels in body.
Each and every individual can practice and be benefitted by it.
Sit in Padmasan, or Sukhasana with calm mind. In case of knee pain can be done while sitting on chair.
Spine must be straight.
Inhale deeply and gently.
Chant ‘a’ (अ) for few seconds followed by ‘o’ (ओ) and finally ‘m’ (म) (humming): all three in one exhalation concentrating on its effect at abdomen – chest – skull simultaneously.
Keep chanting until exhaled completely.
Make sure sound of ‘a’ (अ) should be smallest in time duration, ‘o’ (ओ) must be a bit longer and ‘m’ (म) (humming) must be longest.
This is one round. Practice it thrice.
It is a wonderful practice to stimulate digestion; it relieves sciatic pain by relaxing the nerves in the leg, and eases tension in the perineum. It is a wonderful practice to increase the oxygen levels.
Lie on the stomach.
Let the left hand relax straight with body.
Fold right hand comfortably in such a way that elbow remains near the chest and palm near the face.
Bend your right leg and bring the right knee towards your chest. The left leg is straight, relaxed.
Turn the neck towards right side and relax.
Relax in this posture and switch to the other side after some time.
Bhujang Asana / Sarpasana:
Bhujang Asana known as Sarpasana is the third step to instantly raise the oxygen level as it gives expansion to chest.
It pressurizes the air within the lungs and helps to open out inactive alveoli. It improves the release of carbon dioxide and intake of oxygen thus purifies the lungs and blood.
Lie down on stomach.
Spread the arms to front side.
Stretch the legs to back side keeping toes together like the tale of snake.
Bring the palms and elbows close to ribs so that palms rest under the shoulder.
Bring the forehead on floor, hold your eyes closed and face absolutely calm.
Inhale while lifting up the face like a snake. Ensure no wrinkles at all on forehead and bear a cheer on face.
Hold the position for comfortable duration.
Come down to floor gently, exhale, relax and breathe normally. You may rest your arms like a pillow under your face to relax better.
Repeat three times at same sequence.
Hernia, intestinal tuberculosis, hyperthyroidism and peptic ulcer patients should not practice this asana without the expert guidance.
After practicing the above asanas, this last one has to be practiced. Practitioner will be able to witness the deeper level of oxygen by the time one reaches this position.
Lie down on stomach
Make pillow of your arms.
Rest your head on your arms.
Keep your legs loose and entire body relaxed.
Practice deep breathing in this position.
Above four practices, when practiced in same sequence will increase the oxygen intake of the practitioner.
Keep practicing Yog & stay healthy!
Acharya Pratishtha is an internationally acclaimed yoga guru, director of Mokshayatan Yog Sansthan and a member of key yoga committees of the Government of India. She is the author of five books, creator of CDs & DVDs and a presenter of television shows on yoga.