Yoga can improve the quality of life in patients with COPD. There is some researchTrusted Source to suggest that yoga may increase a person’s lung function and exercise capacity. How long these benefits can last is unknown.

Breathing exercises appear to be safe for people with COPD. Yoga breathing, pursed lip breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing have been shown to improveTrusted Source the distance walked by patients, though this can vary from person to person with COPD.

People with COPD who practice mindfulness may see an improvement in quality of lifeTrusted Source and reduction in stress. Mind-body interventions can reduce anxiety and depression and can improve fatigue in those with COPD.

You should always talk with your doctor before you start any alternative or complementary therapies.