The whole world is familiar with the many health benefits of exercise and yoga. Apart from being beneficial for the whole body, there are a few yoga poses that have provide relief to those who’ve got asthma. Regular practice of the asanas described below can result in significant improvement in lung function and considerable relief from the symptoms of this medical condition.
Start with the NadiShodhan pranayama, which calms your mind and relive the accumulated stress. Start by sitting comfortably but erect. Place the tip of your index finger and the middle finger of the right hand between edges of the eyebrows and nose-bridge, the ring finger and little finger on the left nostril and the thumb on the right nostril. Now close your right nostril and breathe out through the left. Follow this by breathing in through the left nostril and close the nostril to hold your breath for a second. Open the right nostril and breathe out. Take a deep breath in through the right nostril and exhale from the left one. This completes one round. Repeat the asana for 9 rounds.
Relax your muscles and lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your feet and palms apart. Close your eyes and focus inward. Concentrate on your breath and calm it down to a deep and rhythmic breathing. Relax every part of your body. Hold the pose for 5 to 10 minutes, retaining slow, and smooth breathing.
Start by sitting with your legs crossed. Place your right hand on your heart, the left hand on your belly, and close your eyes. Pull in the stomach and raise the chest for a good posture. Exhale slowly and stay in the pose for 5 minutes, with slow, even breathing.
Stand with your legs apart, at hip-width, and bend forward from your waist to touch your toes. Bend in the knees a little to relieve any strain in the lower back. Fold your arms and hold each elbow with the opposite hand.Let your body hang loose and take five deep breaths with your eyes closed.
Sit straight with the soles of your feet touching and the knees dropped to the sides. Hold your ankles and pull your heels towards your hips. Inhale deeply and bend forward as you exhale. You can use your elbows to press down your knees. Hold this pose as you take five deep breaths.
By regularly practising these asanas, you will notice a difference in your condition. Not only will you experience relief from the symptoms associated with asthma, you feel more energetic and revitalised. However, for long term relief from this problem, make sure you consult a Jiva doctor who will be able to prescribe a customized treatment for you.