Yoga Practices For The Child With Asthama

By Patricia | April 28, 2009
Yoga For Asthmatic Children

Child Asthama - Simple and easy yoga for asthmatic children

Asthma is common respiratory disorder that affects millions of people around the world. It is a chronic condition in which there is a shortness o breath that occurs quite frequently, most often triggered by certain foods or seasonal allergies. Constriction of the airways is also a very significant cause of the problem. There are plenty of workouts and routines designed for asthma patients, but in recent years the medical fraternity has come to recognize the relevance of yoga in treating asthma. Yoga is recommended as it improves not just physical health, but also helps to improve and regulate breathing, as well as improve immunity.

Asthma incidence among kids has also grown alarmingly high, and some may only develop it as they grow older. If you are worried that your child may have asthma, its best to get second opinions, as it can be easily misdiagnosed as bronchitis or pneumonia. This is very important, as it will make it easier to deal with and treat as the child gets older or when he or she reaches adulthood. Before beginning any yoga practice for asthmatic children it is however imperative that you consult with your doctor.

Yoga offers a variety of benefits on account of the wide scope and variety of practices involved in the discipline, from physical poses, and breathing techniques to meditation. These will not help improve the respiratory function but also correct postural defects that come about because of asthma, it is physically strengthening, it is also extremely relaxing and calming, and helps build the child’s self esteem and awareness.

Here are some yoga practices that can help asthmatic children:

  • Shoulder lifts and the Sun Salutation routine can help stretch and relax the torso and release muscular tension.
  • Breath exercises or pranayama like the Loud Breathing or Ujjayi, the Right-Nostril Breathing or Surya bheda, the Alternate Nostril Breathing or Anuloma Viloma and the Cleaning Breath or Kapalabhati breath can help regulate breathing and strengthen the lungs.
  • Yoga asanas or poses such as the Hands to Feet Pose or Pada Hastasana and the Sun Salutation Poses or Surya Namaskar can help to improve and enhance the capacity of the lungs. These exercises also help to tone the muscle and bring about an increase in strength and stamina.

It would be a good idea to look out for yoga classes or studios in your area that offer specialized classes for asthmatic children. You can also consult with yoga instructors and your doctor to get more advice on the subject.

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