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Air pollution: Sanatan Kriya can help keep lungs strong, system toxin-free

Delhi’s toxic air gets worse during the winters. However, help may be around. Sanatan Kriya could be one way out.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 09, 2016 12:07 IST
Sanatan Kriya

Yoga could go a long way in managing the effects of air pollution.(Shutterstock)

As Delhi is reeling under the pressure of severe pollution and the dip in temperature is creating havoc, you may need some simple techniques from Sanatan Kriya for 10 minutes daily to keep your lungs strong and system toxin free, says spiritual head of Dhyan Ashram Yogi Ashwini.

Increase in pollution levels, among other things, takes a toll on lungs opening gates for a plethora of problems. One of the effective techniques is Nadi Shodhnam Pranayam -- an alternate nostril breathing exercise.

Nadis are subtle energy channels in the human body that can get blocked due to the various reasons.

The Nadi Shodhan Pranayama is breathing technique that helps clear the blocked channels, thus calming the mind. This technique is also known as Anulom Vilom Pranayama.

Pranayam could be an effective way of keeping the lungs clear. (Shutterstock)

A regular practice for at least 10 minutes daily will help clear the blockages.

The other technique is Jala Neti -- a process of cleansing the nasal passages with salt water -- allows free breathing so that air can enter the lungs unimpeded by mucus and dirt which easily builds up during the day.

Another very effective technique is putting ghee in nostrils.

Pour about five drops of warm the pure ghee -- made from cow’s milk -- up to a bearable temperature in the nasal passage to strengthen the mucous membranes against infections.

Pour it in a way that it does not flow down towards the throat but towards the head. Do it before you step out of the house.