Asthma is one of the most common and significant medical conditions worldwide. Therefore, we dedicated this blog to help those with asthma to naturally relieve the symptoms with the following yoga poses and techniques.
Based on a preliminary clinal trial, a publication by the National Institutes of Health (NCBI), there is a correlation between daily yoga practice and the reduction of asthma attacks by measuring the peak expiratory flow rate and monitoring the subjects’ vital signs over the period of the study. However, this is not to say that yoga can fully replace a medical treatment. Those with asthma can improve their symptoms by practicing yoga while continuing the course of their medical treatment.
Our goal for this blog is to present you with a natural way to help alleviate your symptoms and make you feel better, please do consult a doctor for an actual treatment.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
Sit with your back straight against the wall and lower your shoulder blades to fully relax in this pose. Sitting in Sukhasana helps you to focus on your breathing, broadens your chest, and relaxes your brain from external stress factors.
Stay in this pose for as long as you need to feel relaxed and return your breathing pattern to normal.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis. Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute, and release with an exhalation before rolling the spine slowly down to the floor.
Noose Pose (Pasasana)
To get into the Pasasana pose, wrap the arms around the squatting legs and clasp the hands behind the back. Stay in this pose from 30 seconds to a minute and release the twist with an exhalation. Perform this exercise with both sides. Some therapeutic applications of this pose includes asthma, sciatica, menstrual discomfort, and mild back, shoulder and neck tension.
Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose
Upward bow stretches the chest and lung to help relieve asthma symptoms. Stay in this pose 5 – 15 seconds while breathing easily and repeat 3 – 10 times to fully benefit from this pose.
Set aside 15 minutes everyday to perform these poses in series to alleviate the discomfort of having asthma. For long term benefit, we recommend that you practice consistently and always pay attention to your breathing pattern and what your body is comfortable with.