OBSTRUCTIVE, OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DISEASES: Edited by Manish Joshi and Basil VarkeyYoga and Tai Chi: a mind–body approach in managing respiratory symptoms in obstructive lung diseasesRatarasarn, Kavitaa; Kundu, Anjanab Author Information aAssociate Professor, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin & Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Section, CJ Zablocki VAMC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT); Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP) bWright State University and Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, USA Correspondence to Kavita Ratarasarn, Medical College of Wisconsin Hub for Collaborative Medicine, 8th Floor, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA. Tel: +1 414 955 7042; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine 26(2):p 186-192, March 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000654 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by airflow limitation because of airway and/or alveolar abnormalities. Symptoms include dyspnea, cough, chronic sputum production. As the third-ranked cause of death as well as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), it poses a significant burden on patients, families, healthcare system and society. Regular physical activity is linked to decrease in morbidity and mortality associated with COPD, but implementation remains challenging. There is a need for community-based interventions that promote physical activity. Yoga and Tai Chi are widely available in the community and have been shown to be beneficial in patients with COPD as well as many of the co-morbid conditions associated with COPD. Recent findings Yoga and Tai Chi have been found to be more effective than usual care in COPD with clinically meaningful improvements in 6-min walk distance (6MWD), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). They have also been found to be comparable to pulmonary rehabilitation interventions. Summary Yoga and Tai Chi provide community-based options for patients with COPD to improve their physical activity, quality of life, and pulmonary function. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.