Chennai: Are you breathing right? Doctors at Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College (GYNMC) say almost 70 per cent of their patients have been found breathing wrong. They say the inhaling process should fill the stomach, bulging it, while exhaling should make it flat, even ‘concave’. This is exactly how a baby breathes. “When you breath correctly, you actually ensure total health,” said Dr N.Manavalan, principal of government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College.
Calling wrong breathing as ‘shallow breathing’ Dr Manavalan said, “Imagine a balloon. When you pump air, the balloon expands in all directions. Similar to a balloon when you breathe in, the lungs have to expand in all directions and the diaphragm should move downwards. This will push the stomach to bulge as air fills the respiratory cavity.”
He says during the exhalation the diaphragm will move upwards as the lungs empty the air. This action automatically pulls the stomach back. Right breathing will not just strengthen the lungs but also increase the energy level of the body. “Filling air to your lungs is like filling petrol to your vehicle. Learn the right way of breathing and just spend 10 minutes for pranayama and other breathing exercises everyday. In a due course your body will learn the right breathing and get adapted to it,” he says.
Doctors add proper breath will protect the body from several disorders ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome to asthma. “Right breathing will provide more oxygen to the body and empowers it with immunity,” adds another doctor Gokula Krishnan.
The GYNMC conducts free camps to teach yoga and also treats patients with naturopathy medicines. For more details on yoga camps, contact phone no: 044-2622 2516.