“This research suggests that short-term yoga exercise improves respiratory breathing capacity by increasing chest wall expansion and forced expiratory lung volumes,” said lead researcher Raoyrin Chanavirut from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. “These findings may benefit people suffering from illnesses that affect breathing, including asthma.” The researchers chose five Hatha Yoga positions designed to improve chest wall function, including the cat, tree and camel positions.
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