Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:27 am
Yoga is an ancient practice that has been used for thousands of years. It has many benefits and one of them is improving your respiratory system. Learn more about yoga for asthma.
With yoga, you can improve your breathing and reduce stress. It also helps you relax and sleep better.
Yoga for Asthmatics
Quick Jump Table
Asthma is a chronic (long-term) disease of the respiratory system, which affects the lungs and the airways that carry air to and from the lungs. A person suffering from asthma has difficulty breathing because of the constriction of these airways. Inflammation and mucus in the airways (bronchi) can make the patient wheeze. The most common symptoms that can be seen in an asthma patient are coughing (especially after a long laugh or exercise), difficulty in breathing, tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing or whistling sound when breathing.
Some causes of asthma include pollen, mites, food-related allergies and environmental irritants like dust and smoke. Sometimes, stress can be a trigger too. Not everybody gets asthma because of the same reasons and the triggers may be different for different people.
Asthma can affect people of any age group. Some factors that may make you susceptible to asthma are:
- Genetic: If several of your family members suffer from Asthma, then you too might be genetically predisposed to develop Asthma.
- If you are overweight,
- If you are exposed to seasonal allergens, like pollen.
- If you are a smoker or exposed to second-hand smoke.
- If you are allergic to certain foods or synthetic food additives like colours and preservative,
Ayurvedic Remedies for Asthma Patients
An asthma patient should try to switch from animal protein to plant protein and eat ginger and turmeric regularly. The patient should also avoid fried food, smoking, alcohol, cheese, food additives, processed foods and focus on an organic food diet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live a normal life. You just need to be a little more cautious than the others. Have an optimistic approach and live your life to the fullest.
According to Yoga and Meditation Specialist, an asthma patient should do steam inhalation every day, take half a tsp of cinnamon powder twice a day and avoid cold fruits like orange and banana.
Yoga for Asthma Patients
Yoga has been proven to help people suffering from asthma. In fact, it may be the best treatment available today. Here are some yoga exercises that will help asthma patients get relief from their asthmatic problems;
- Bharastika – This yoga breathing paranayam is known as breath of fire. In this asana, both inhalation and exhalation are forced. Bharastika comprises exhaling and inhaling in order to provide complete oxygen to our body. This asana gives strength to lungs, helps in allergies, asthma, respiratory diseases, and improves immune system and helps in common cold.
- Anulom Vilom Pranayama – It is a breathing exercise which is very easy to do and is very effective too. It helps in cases of stress and depression. The functioning of lungs improves with it. It is an efficient practice for asthma patients.
- Nadi Shodhan Pranayama – This is also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing. This is the next level of Anulom Vilom pranayama. Nadis are the subtle energy channels in our body which get blocked because of unhealthy lifestyle, stress and physical trauma. Shodhan means cleaning and unblocking the nadis. This asana helps you release tension, stress and contributes to keeping the mind calmer.
- Kapalbhati Pranayama – This asana is a breathing technique which helps in the improvement of respiratory system functioning.
- Savasana – This is like a sleeping pose, which helps in providing relaxation to the mind and body. It improves concentration, treats insomnia, improves mental health, and relaxes muscles.
There’s nothing better than yoga to treat diseases painlessly or with no side effects.
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