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Yoga for asthma

What is Yoga & Pranayama for Asthma?

Yoga originated approximately 5000 years ago; since then, it has evolved and fulfills the tailored need of an individual (1). It helps in maintaining good coordination between breathing and posture, which relaxes the muscles supporting in breathing. It has a good effect on controlling the panic attacks, which may aggravate an episode of shortness of breath. Yoga for Asthma helps to control your mind, body, and breathe. May be you will be thinking about asthma can be cured by performing which asana? Here you will get all about Yoga for asthma and each details about pranayama for asthma.

The best method is “Hath yoga,” it helps by uniting your mind and body. It permits them to behave as a single functional unit, which helps in controlling Asthma by making it easier to breathe. Performing Yoga for Asthma & Pranayama for Asthma helps to reduce the number of asthmatic attacks and improves the peak expiratory flow rate, the rate at which you breathe out(1).

It comprises of simple breathing exercises, meditation, poses, and relaxation techniques keeping in mind the medical condition and personal need of an individual, making it holistically complete(2).

How is Yoga for Asthma beneficial?

Asthma is a chronic health issue in which an individual finds it difficult to move air in and out of his lungs due to swelling of the airways. The muscles around the airway tighten up, making it difficult to breathe.

Yoga for Asthma or you can say Pranayama for asthma helps in relaxing the muscles, improves breathing (exhaling), and controls the mind. It also helps in managing emotional stress, which may aggravate an attack of asthma. It may also help in relieving anxiety and depression associated with the disease.

Yoga forms an integral part of lifestyle changes, which help in preventing various risk factors like obesity and strength the mind and the body.

Pranayama for Asthma is a practice in yoga for Asthma that focuses on controlling the breath through breathing exercises and techniques. Many research studies suggest that your breathing improves on incorporating breathing exercises in yoga practice. Improving breathing helps to build a good stamina, enhance performance, and keep your lungs healthy and more vital.

A study has shown that it may help in reducing the use of steroid (cortisone)medicine by 72%(3).

Yoga for Asthma (Pranayama for Asthma) – When and how?

• To start with yoga, it is best first to consult your treating doctor. Discuss about the benefits you could obtain from the program.

• There are many hospitals, wellness clinics and yoga centers have teachers available with them who are expert in their subject and can tailor the practice according to the needs of the individual.

• One may also perform it at home with the help of supervision from a teacher/instructor.

• Avoid eating at least 2 hours before the practice.

• Keep yourself well hydrated.

• Wear loose and comfortable clothes.

• Keep a yoga mat with yourself.

• Start with easy exercises and let your instructor train you.

• Never try doing new exercises on your own without prior training.

Few Yoga Poses (Asana) to help in asthma

May be you all will be thinking about asthma can be cured by performing which asana? Below are the all yoga poses for asthma. 

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Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

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Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

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Corpse Pose (Savasana)

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Light Skull Breathing (Kapalabhati)

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• Breathing exercise (Sudarshan kriya):

1. First, kneel with your both feet and leg touching the floor.

2. Sit down on your heels.

3. Move your hips towards the floor.

4. Separate your ankles, making sure they are touching the outer part of your hips.

5. Straighten your spine.

6. Start breathing in and out keeping the same duration, due it for 5-10 times

7. Then increase the duration time of your breathing out, repeat for 5-10 times. Breath in normally but breathe out slowly.

8. Now increase the duration time of your breathing in, repeat for 5-10 times. Take in deep breathes but leave it out quickly.

Bhastrika Pranayama for Asthma

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika)

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Light Skull Breathing (Kapalabhati)

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When to avoid performing Yoga?

Yoga for Asthma has no contraindications or any recorded adverse side effects if done under supervision or after being trained. It is though advisable to avoid performing if ;

• Individuals with lung issues (pneumothorax or pleural effusion) which may get aggravated with breathing exercises

• History of recent abdominal surgery

• Conditions of bone such as fracture or tumor

Mrs Mahima

Mrs. Mahima Raikwar

Diploma in Yoga teacher Training (Certified Trainer)
M.A. & B.ed

 

 

 

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