Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease.The air we breathe in travels through the nostrils , wind pipe and the bronchioles to reach the lungs.In asthma patients this air way is narrowed due to reasons like inflammation and phlegm which inhibits normal breathing mechanism leaving one gasping for breathe.
Though asthma is now not fatal, it is very debilitating.An asthma attack can be triggered by allergens ( pollen grains, dust, powder, smoke , chemicals) and sudden emotional stress.Yoga can help you tackle these sudden attacks in a better way.My friend has asthma but never believed yoga treatments when I gave him this yoga book but after a great deal of persuasion he finally gave in and practiced it.Now, he swears by it! Let tell you some yoga poses that’ll surely help you.
Lie down straight on your back and keep your legs together.Keep your hands straight on the sides of your body.Breathe in and start moving your hands upwards , take them over the head and touch the ground behind your head.Stay for 5 seconds holding the breath and then breathe in while coming back to original position.
Do this for 2 minutes and then start the leg exercise.Keeping hands on the side, put your legs up in the air as high up as possible while breathing in.Now breathe out and bring legs back to the ground.This exercise can be done at morning and night and helps strengthen the lungs and air passages.
Sit in any Asana you feel like.Expel all the air from the lungs by breathing out.Now breathe in slowly and as you do so suck in the stomach and chest muscles as far as you can.Take care not to put too much pressure while sucking in the muscles.Now breathe out slowly and relax the body.Do this for 5-6 minutes.This help strengthen the chest muscles.
Sit down and stretch the legs infront of you, keep the heels together.Touch your right toes with the right hand and your left toes with the left hand.Breathe out and bend your body forward so as to touch the forehead to the knees.
At first you might not be able to do so, bend as far as you can.Stay in that position for 5-10 seconds holding the breath.Now breathe in and return to normal sitting position.Do this in the evening.This posture helps to strengthen all the muscles near the vertebra.
Sit in Padmasan or Birhasan.Take your hands behind you and if you’re male, hold your right wrist with your right hand while females should hold their left wrist with right palm.
Now,breathe out and while doing so bend forwards as far as you can do comfortably.Stay for 5 seconds and then breathe in while you return to your original position.Do this at least 7-10 times.It makes the torso strong and helps in maintaining good breathing pattern.
Sit on your knees and touch your right heel with your right hand and the left heel with the left hand.Now bend your head down to touch the ground.Make sure that your rear is in the air.Hold your breath in that position for 5-10 seconds and then return to original position.