Did you know that performing basic yoga poses can help you relieve the symptoms of asthma? Well, it’s quite true! In addition to having physical and spiritual benefits, yoga has therapeutic effects as well.
Yoga can also help solve problems like breathlessness, breathing disorders and even help keep Asthma at bay. Read on and find out how you can keep your inhaler aside, using these simple yoga poses!
Let’s have a look at the best Mudras in yoga for Asthma relief:
This yogic system of exercise is designed to help cleanse your body. While you perform Kapalbhati, the friction you create warms you nasal tract and helps you get rid of cold. This exercise also helps improve your breathing and treats breathlessness and other asthmatic effects. Kapalbhati is essential for improving symptoms of breathing difficulty, including asthma, cold, and congestion. (1)
2. Anulom-Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing):
Another great and effective exercise in yoga for asthma patients, Anulom-Vilom helps clear congestion, eliminates breathing problems and even clears a blocked nose. This exercise also helps raise your body temperature and helps purify your blood.
To Perform Anulom-Vilom:
Begin in Padmasana or Sukhasana.
Using your right hand little finger, cover your left nostril and inhale through your right nostril.
Holding your breath, bring your thumb and cover your right nostril and exhale through the left nostril.
Continue alternating between the fingers and nostrils until you have taken 15 breaths through each nostril. (2)
[ Read: Home Remedies for Asthma ]
3. Dirgha Shwasan (Deep Breathing):
This is a type of pranayama, which is also quite necessary for eliminating respiratory disorders and opening up blocked noses. This property of helping clear congested chest and breathlessness makes Dirgha Shwasan quite essential in treating asthma and other associated symptoms. This exercise promotes stamina and better blood oxygenation in the body.
To Perform Dirgha Shwasan:
Begin in Padmasana or Sukhasana.
Take deep breaths through your nostrils and hold them for around 10 seconds or longer (depends on your practice).
Once you have held your breath for long enough, proceed to exhale using your mouth.
Imagine that you are inhaling positive thoughts through your nostrils, and are letting go of negativity when you exhale. This will help you be more peaceful during this exercise.
4. Corpse Pose (Savasana):
This is probably the easiest yoga pose to perform. All you need to do is close your eyes and lie down.
This pose has many health benefits, including energizing the body, improving breathing and concentration and helping clear blocked noses and congestion. This asana helps you regain all the energy you lose by performing the other poses, and it generally features at the end of most yoga routines.
To Perform The Savasana:
Begin by lying on your back
Fixing your gaze towards the ceiling, bring your arms to your sides.
Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, count inhalations and exhalations.
Hold the pose for 10-15 minutes.
Remember to not fall asleep and concentrate on meditating. (3)
[ Read: Baba Ramdev Yoga Asanas To Treat Asthma ]
5. Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Kona Asana):
Another great asana for clearing congestion and improving the symptoms of asthma, Supta Baddha Kona Asana boasts of many health benefits apart from the ones mentioned above, and is an ideal way to reduce your body weight.
To Perform The Supta Baddha Kona Asana:
Begin by getting into Baddha Kona Asana pose.
Once you are in the position, lower your back to the ground until your upper back touches it.
Hold the pose for around 20-25 seconds (or until you feel a stretch in your back).
Rest and repeat.
You can make this asana easier by using a raised platform or a padded footstool. Check this video on how to perform this pose.
Have you ever tried yoga for asthma relief? If not, perform these asanas today and get rid of breathing problems like asthma. Tell us about any other yoga poses for asthma cure. Our readers would love to hear from you. You can comment in the box below!
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