Yoga for Pneumonia

Yoga for Pneumonia

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection that affects one or both lungs. It causes the air sacs, or alveoli, of the lungs to fill up with fluid or pus.

Symptoms can range from mild to serious and may include a cough with or without mucus (a slimy substance), fever, chills, and trouble breathing.

The severity and seriousness of pneumonia depend upon your age, your overall health, and what is causing your infection.

To diagnose pneumonia, your doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and order diagnostic tests such as a chest X-ray.

Treatment for pneumonia may include antibiotics or viral or fungal medicines. It may take several weeks to recover from pneumonia. If your symptoms get worse, you should see a doctor right away.

If you have severe pneumonia, you may need to go to the hospital for antibiotics given through an intravenous (IV) line and oxygen therapy.


 Causes of Pneumonia

Most of the time your body filters germs out of the air that you breathe. Sometimes germs, such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi, get into your lungs and cause infections.

When these germs get into your lungs, your immune system, which is your body’s natural defense against germs, goes into action. Immune cells attack the germs and may cause inflammation of your air sacs, or alveoli.

Inflammation can cause your air sacs to fill up with fluid and pus and cause the symptoms of pneumonia.

Yoga for Pneumonia or Yoga therapy for Pneumonia



What is Yoga?

According to Bhagwad Gita Equanimity, Stability, Balance, Harmony, Equipoise is yoga i.e. Samatvam Yoga Ucchyate.

According to Sage Vashistha, yoga is the skill to calm down the mind i.e. Manah Prasanna up ayah yoga.

And according to Great Sage Maharishi Patanjali yoga is the cessation of mental modifications i.e. Yoga is to gain mastery over modifications of Mind.

According to Guruji Shubham Barwala Ji, yoga is the recognition of Mental Modifications the moment they arise in our consciousness.

According to Guruji Neeraj Medharthi, Ji Yoga is the state of perfect balance.

Evidence-based Yoga Therapy for Breathing Disorders

At Vedamrita our purpose is to bring the best and scientific research and evidence-based yoga therapy to our beloved readers and our students likewise and thereby increasing the general acceptability of Yoga therapy amidst the field of various treatments available.

Below are a few research papers we find out related to yoga and breathing disorders.

Breathing exercises for adults

By –> Thayla A Santino, Gabriela SS Chaves, Diana A Freitas, Guilherme AF Fregonezi, Karla MPP Mendonça,corresponding author and Cochrane Airways Group

The effect of various breathing exercises (pranayama) in patients with bronchial asthma of mild to moderate severity

By –> Saxena T, Saxena M. The effect of various breathing exercises (pranayama) in patients with bronchial asthma of mild to moderate severity. Int J Yoga. 2009;2(1):22-25. doi:10.4103/0973-6131.53838

Yogic Diet – Yoga for Pneumonia

  • Avoid milk products, fried, spicy food
  • Avoid late dinner, heavy meals
  • Avoid Cold items – fruits/juices

Asanas – Yoga Poses for Pneumonia

  •  No dynamic practices.
  • Sukshma Vayama
  • Chest expanding asanas – ustrasana, matsyasana, setu bandhasana, pavanamuktasana, AKC, bhujangasana
  • Relaxation practices will help – IRT, QRT, DRT
  • Chair breathing with chanting
  • Cyclic meditation Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • Ashwasanchalanasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
  • Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Kriyas – Yoga for Pneumonia

  • Jala neti/sutra neti
  • LSP
  • Kapalabhati

Pranayama – Yoga for Pneumonia

  • Avoid cooling pranayama,
  • Do bhastrika, Kapalbhati
  • Right nostril breathing – suryabhedana, Surya Nadi shodhana
  • Nadishuddhi
  • Bhramari
  • Sectional breathing
  • Ujjayi

Manomaya Kosha – Yoga for Pneumonia

  • Bhajan
  • Chanting
  • Emotional counseling
  • Prayer
  • Mind Sound Resonance Technique (M.S.R.T.)

Vijnanamaya Kosha – Yoga for Pneumonia

  • Counseling about the disease, triggering factors, diet.

Anandamaya Kosha – Yoga for Pneumonia

  • Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Spend time with family and loved ones.


Explore this Health Topic to learn more about Yoga for Pneumonia, the role of yoga and yoga therapy for various diseases, and where to find more information regarding it.

Read in detail about Yoga for Pneumonia here.


  1. Fatima Janmohamed on April 11, 2023 at 1:11 am

    Hi, I have double pneumonia and have fluid in lungs

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