Yoga Postures to Relieve Asthma
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Yoga Postures to Relieve Asthma

Asthma is a disease suffered by many people including children. Asthma can be triggered by allergies, genetic factors or stress and anxieties. Asthma is defined by a condition where air passages in the lungs become inflamed and thus shortness of breath happens on regular intervals making the patients feel breathless like a “fish out of water.” Yoga can help the patients focus on their breathing and teach them breathing control.

YOGA POSTURE TO RELIEVE ASTHMA

Asthma is a disease suffered by many people including children. Asthma can be triggered by allergies, genetic factors or stress and anxieties. Asthma is defined by a condition where air passages in the lungs become inflamed and thus shortness of breath happens on regular intervals making the patients feel breathless like a “fish out of water.”

Yoga can help the patients focus on their breathing and teach them breathing control. Breath in up to the abdomen is our natural process of breathing and it is naturally done during asanas and pranayam at the same time. This also happens when you practice Tai Chi Chuan and Qiqong.

Doing yoga is beneficial in calming the nerves, which help the patients in being serene during the asthma attacks. However, it is always best to consult the physician before incorporating any of these exercises in your lifestyle.

Yoga Postures:

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Sukhasana

Sukhasana is a basic yoga posture for meditation and can be done anywhere. All you have to do is to sit down on a floor or a mat, keep yourself erect with legs crisscrossed, placing your feet below your knees, and clasping your hands around the knees. Extend your body upwards on each breathe in, hold, relax and breathe normally. It helps in calming the nerves and gives a rhythmic pattern to the breathing.

Shoulder Lifts

Shoulder Lifts is an easy exercise and doesn’t need much space. All you have to do is to lift your left shoulder up and breathe in, and put it down, and then breathe out. Do the same with the right shoulder too. Now take both shoulders up and both shoulders down with inhaling and exhaling respectively. For beginners you can start with one set of five for each. It helps in improving the posture and discourages stiffness, which restrict breathing.

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Sun Salutatiion

Surya namaskara or sun salutation is a combo of 12 poses in a sequence. Respiratory mechanism can be combated by the chronological breathing series during the Sun Salutation. It is one of the most important exercises of asthma relief and can be done under the inspection of a trainer. Best done every morning.

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Kapalabhati Breathing Technique

Kabalbhati is a highly meditated breathing technique that requires the breathing in short sequences rapidly and consciously controlling the movements of the diaphragm exercising the entire respiratory system. It is one of the very effective exercises however; it should be done only after the permission of the physician and under the guidance of a professional yoga teacher.

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Savasana Yoga Exercise - Corpse Pose

This exercise can be done after lying on the back with arms at the side with the palms facing up. The legs should be together and straight with the feet rolled out to the sides. Now tilt your forehead higher than your chin and let your body relax completely. Hold the position for ten minutes with regular breathing and then release. Do this three times.

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Anuloma Viloma

Anuloma Viloma means for and against the natural order and is also known as the alternate nostril breathing technique. In this exercise, air is inhaled through one nostril and exhaled though the other maintaining the retention of breath during the interval. It provides the breathing a rhythm and helps in battling asthma.

Reference:

Ronthoughts Journal – Yoga-Prana and Pranayam

http://www.womenfitness.net/yoga_cholesterol.htm

http://completewellbeing.com/article/manage-menopause-with-yoga/

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/yoga-poses-for-asthma-5851.html

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Comments (8)

Yoga is a good alternative for drugs. Thanks, FB liked.

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Very well said thanks for the reaction, appreciated.

This is an outstanding piece of work.

Interesting article and most of the exercises within my capabilities. Thanks.

hmm I would not have thought of this as being good for Asthma

excellent thank you

yoga is absolutely beneficial,thanks kabayan

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thanks everyone for the comments.

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