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Yoga For Asthma Cure

By: Gaia Staff  |  June 27, 2006

Yoga has helped in curing and preventing many diseases. The poses and asanas stimulate the required organs and help you with your ailments. Asthma is a very common problem. It is basically shortness of breath due to the chronic lung condition. Even kids are not spared by this disease. Symtoms of wheezing, coughing, and heaviness in the chest cause blockage in the lungs. During asthma attack a lack of oxygen can lead to death.

Yoga betters your asthma condition due to the free flow of air through the bronchial tubes and air sacs in the lungs. By continuously practicing yoga you can leave your medications at bay. Asthma attacks would lessen with the increase of yoga practice. Breathing exercises (pranayama) are very useful to open up the lungs for fresh air.

Back bending postures are very good to open the chest to improve the condition of the heart and lungs. Practicing upper back bends and chest opening postures helps in exhaling during asthma attacks. Forward bends and lower back bending poses help in inhaling, during. Mucus can be helped to flush out with inverted postures.

Pranayama is an excellent way to have a controlled breath to avoid asthma attacks. According to the triggering factors for asthma attacks, one should practice pranayama. Dirga prananyama is a multi-purpose asana and helps in slow and deep breathing exercise. Nadi Sodhana can help you with stress and emotional turmoil, often a factor in bringing an attack on.

Asthma triggered by cold can be helped by Ujjayi pranayama. Allergic trigger patterns can be avoided by Sitt Kari or Shitali pranayama. Kapalbhatti pranayama is very good to reduce mucus congestion.

These breathing exercises are very good to strengthen and relax the muscles of lungs. During an asthma attack this proves to be very useful. It reduces the nerve activity in the airways causing fewer bottlenecks during an attack. It helps cleanse the air passage ways to breathe easily. It helps in stabilizing the autonomous nervous systems.

Pranayama, if practiced regularly, can make a tremendous difference to your health. Props used while doing carious asanas may be a greatg help in achieving comfort and maximum effectiveness . Deep, regulated, relaxed breathing helps to soothe the lining of the bronchial tree and helps in preventing irritation from external allergens. It is said that the single and long inhalation is very good for relaxation.

Some Asanas which would relieve Asthma from your life

  • Dandasana
  • Baddhakonasana
  • Upavista Konasana
  • Virasana
  • Supta Baddhakonasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Setubandha Sarvangasana
  • Adhomukha Svanasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Tadasana Samasthithi

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions before following any of the asanas from this article and the site. To avoid any problems while doing the asanas, it is advised that you consult a doctor and a yoga instructor. The responsibility lies solely with the reader and not with the site or the writer.


Sharon Hopkins

Sharon Hopkins is the webmaster for Yogawiz where you can find information on yoga basics, different yoga asanas, poses, Pranayama, yoga bags and much more . Pranayama or yogic breathing increases the vitality and the efficiency of the body


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