Yoga for Asthma
Asthma is a respiratory disorder identified by chronic inflammation, laboured or shortened breathing, wheezing, coughing and sticky mucous from chest. It is usually caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
While there is no cure for asthma, the intensity and frequency of the attacks can be reduced by regular practice of yoga. In the following weeks, we will look at how we can do so.
Though the following postures are simple to practice and can be easily done at home, we suggest you seek medical advice before starting them.
Bhujangasana is known as the snake or cobra pose because it reflects the look of a raised hood. As you raise your head along with your chest, it represents a snake hood. The rest of the body lies down, representing the body of the snake. This posture is beneficial in reducing the intensity and the frequency of the attacks as it stretches the chest and works on the lungs.
1. Lie flat on the stomach.
2. Place your palms on either side of the chest; elbows should be tucked in close to the body.
3. The feet should be extended and toes should be flat on the mat.
4. As you Inhale, raise the head and chest, look up, while keeping the waist region on ground.
5. Hold the posture for 30 seconds breathing normally, then exhale and return to starting position.
6. Repeat the posture for five rounds.
• Chest is expanded and the functioning ability of organs involved in respiration improves
• It improves blood circulation, thus supplying optimum amount of oxygen to the lungs.
• People suffering from peptic ulcers, hernia, hyperthyroidism, intestinal tuberculosis and extreme back conditions should not practice this posture without expert guidance.