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Eliminate The Ill Effects Of Asthma By Yoga

It is estimated that 100 to 150 million around the globe suffer from Asthma and this number is rising every day. India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics. The prevalence of Asthma among children is between 10% and 15% among 5-11 year old children.

For a basic understanding, Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and constant wheezing, which vary in frequency and severity from person to person.

Inflammation of the air passages in the lungs affects the sensitivity of the nerve endings in the airways, so that they become easily irritated which causes Asthma.

While there are innumerable medications for Asthma in Allopathy; these prevent Asthma only for the time being and intake of such drugs on a regular basis will also lead to side effects to the patient.

Breathing exercises through Yoga and asanas for Asthma are the most effective natural cure for Asthma. Asanas when performed regularly and under the instructions of a trained instruction will ease congestion of the bronchioles and increase lung capacity.

Over time and with regular practice, Yoga breathing exercises and asanas will help prevent Asthma. One of the prime causes for Asthma is pollution.

Yoga therapy is the most preferred natural remedy for Asthma as it is relatively free from side effects. Deep breaths in Yoga use our lungs capacity to its maximum and help us learn breathing correctly.

  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama [Alternate nostril breathing technique]\ This pranayama calms your mind and relieves the body of accumulated stress. This breathing technique has a healing effect on circulatory and respiratory problems.
  • Kapal Bhati Pranayama [Skull shining breathing technique] This pranayama relaxes the mind and energizes the nervous system. It clears all the nadis and improves blood circulation.
  • Ardha Matseyndrasana (half spinal twist sitting) This sitting half spinal twist opens the chest and improves supply of oxygen to the lungs, thereby reducing the chances of asthma.
  • Pavanamukthasana (Wind relieving pose) This asana should be practiced by those people with asthma as it massages the abdominal organs and helps in digestion and release of gas.
  • Sethubandhasana (Bridge pose) This asana opens up the lungs, chest and reduces thyroid significantly. It improves digestion and effective for asthma patients.
  • Bhujangasana This Cobra pose expands the chest, improves circulation of blood and should be practiced by people suffering from Asthma.
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana [Downward facing pose] This can be practiced as a preparatory pose for the standing poses or as a warm up before start of your Yoga session. This should be practiced by those suffering from sinusitis and asthma.
  • [Butterfly pose] This seated pose strengthens and opens the hips and groin while reducing abdominal discomfort. It stimulates and improves blood circulation and has a therapeutic effect on asthma.
  • Poorvottanasana [Upward Plank Pose] This asana s t r e n g t h e n s the wrists, arms, back and spine, shoulders and the hips. It improves the respiratory function and helps resolve problems with digestion.
  • Shavasana It is important to note that after performing such asanas, we should not end the Yoga session abruptly. Always end your yoga practice by lying down for a few minutes in the ‘Corpse’ pose; popularly known as ‘Shavasana’. It is imperative that a calm and relaxed body and mindset is of essence to tackle asthma.

Regular practices of Yogasanas have suggested relief from Asthma. The constriction of the bronchial tubes gets reduced drastically by regular practice of Yogasanas. Through Yoga, one can control the attack of Asthma to a great extent.

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