Yoga Techniques To Reduce Asthma

By Patricia | September 5, 2008
Yoga To Reduce Asthma Attacks

Asthma is a common respiratory complaint that is caused due to the narrowing of the bronchi. The bronchi are narrow tubes that connect the wind pipe to the lungs. When the bronchi become narrowed, the patient experiences difficulty in inhaling and exhaling. This is characterized by shortness of breath and wheezing. Asthma attacks are caused due to various physical and emotional triggers.

Breathing is an integral part of Yoga and tremendous importance is placed on proper and effective breathing techniques. These Yogic techniques help to strengthen the lungs and ensure that we breathe fully and properly. Yoga techniques can ensure that we utilize almost hundred per cent of our lung capacity and help to preclude the possibility of respiratory ailments, including asthma.

Yoga also helps to calm the mind and brings it in sync with the body. It promotes relaxation and helps to alleviate stress and tension. It can help one to understand the emotional and physical triggers that induce an asthma attack and thereby avoid them.

Extensive studies have been carried out in many parts of the world regarding the efficacy of Yoga in dealing with asthma. Most of these studies report a seventy six per cent success rate in treating, preventing and curing asthma. Regular practice of Yoga can also help those with severe asthma problems and reduce the dependency on asthma medications.

Yoga Techniques for Asthma

Some of the Yoga exercises that have been found to be very effective in dealing with asthma include the Baddhakona Asana (Restrained Angle Posture), Vira Asana (Hero Posture), Sarvanga Asana (Shoulder Stand), and the Tada Asana (Mountain Pose). Another very powerful Yogic technique that is extremely effective in helping with asthma and other respiratory ailments is the Pranayama (Breath of Life).

So, yes, Yoga can definitely help to make your asthma better. However, Yoga is a holistic form of healing and it will take regular practice and some time for the results to manifest themselves. In the meantime I would advise you to continue with your regular asthma medication under your doctor’s supervision. Look for a certified Yoga teacher in your area and be sure to tell him or her about your problem. The teacher will then be able to help you with exercises that can target the asthma and help to relieve it. Over a period of time you will see that the frequency of asthma attacks reduces and correspondingly you can cut down on medication, under your doctor’s advice.

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