The second most common cancer globally which affects both men and women is lung cancer. There are more than a million cases that are registered with a confirmed diagnosis of lung cancer in India annually. As the highest cause for cancer-related deaths, lung cancer makes up almost 25% of all cancer fatalities.

Grandmaster Akshar told HerZindagi that "yoga offers holistic solutions with its techniques of breathing and asanas to diseases such as lung cancer helping patients manage their conditions by improving lung health. Practicing yoga regularly can also help you prevent contracting these diseases. You can practice heart-opening poses such as Vajrasana, Savithriasana, Naukasana, Hastha Uthanasana, Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) and Chakrasana (Wheel pose) to strengthen the lungs and improve their capacity to take in oxygen."

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Practice these asanas after consulting your physician. Make sure you perform these asanas under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher.

Naukasana Or Boat Pose

nauka

Sit on your mat with legs stretched forward and your back straight. Inhale to lift both legs up and hold them at a degree of 30 - 45 degrees. Do not slouch and try to balance on your sitting bones.

Sarpasana

sarp

Lie on your stomach interlocking your fingers behind your back. Breathe in and lift your upper body upwards. As you do this, stretch your interlocked hands behind you. Do not allow your feet lift off the floor.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

urdhva

Lie on your stomach and fold your elbows. Placing your palms under your shoulders take a breath in as you gently lift your knees, hips, and torso off the mat. Straighten your arms and your elbows. Keep your shoulders broad and look upwards. Do not let your knees touch the floor. Exhale and release.

Dhanurasana

dhanu

Sleep on your stomach with your knees bent and hold your ankles with your palms. Inhale as you lift your legs and arms as high up. Look up and hold the posture.

Pranayama Technique

Start by practicing these techniques every day for 5-10 minutes, gradually increasing the duration with time.

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Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Sit in any comfortable pose.
  • Straighten your back and close your eyes.
  • Place your palms facing up on your knees.
  • Inhale and fill your lungs with air.
  • Exhale completely.
  • Inhale and exhale in a 1:1 ratio. ( If you are breathing in for 6 counts, then you must take 6 counts to exhale)

Khand Pranayama

  • Sit with your back straight and breathe for some time.
  • Fold your legs in Sukhasana
  • Calmly prepare your mind for practice.
  • Straighten your back
  • Close your eyes
  • Place your palms in Prapthi Mudra
  • While inhaling divide your breath into two.
  • Exhale twice. 

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When faced with a lung cancer diagnosis, you should make nutrition a very important part of your recovery journey. Follow a healthy, and well balanced diet both during and post your treatment. Consume small frequent meals throughout the day as this ensures that your body gets ample calories, proteins, and nutrients that you may need for the healing process. Avoid strenuous physical activity or intense workouts during this time as they can leave you feeling exhausted and weak.

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