Yoga has been labeled as a therapeutic near-panacea for a plethora of human ailments and incidentally, even asthma victims and patients may be able to receive immense benefits from this ancient exercise.
Based on my experiences, one helpful exercise for alleviating Asthma symptoms and dealing with its many inconveniences is Yoga.
Taking into consideration its gentle poses and stretches and the deep breathing involved in Yoga, certain poses-when used correctly-can be very helpful for smoothening the chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes (airways) that causes swelling and narrowing (constriction) of the airways as is the case in Asthma patients.
In addition to the benefit above, it must be mentioned that when using yoga in a natural asthma control regimen, one need not worry about the common exercise-induced asthma attacks that may come as a result of vigorous activity as these poses are very calm and involve very little motion.
Based on my research, experience and practice, the following poses will definitely be stand-outs in aiding asthma victims in controlling and correcting their respiratory health.
This pose belongs to the category known as inversion poses. Being that a practitioner is literally upside-down, inversion poses in yoga drain excess mucus from the lungs and balance the immune system.
The Shoulder-stand (aka Savangasana :All members Pose) has been coined by several Yoga sages as a near panacea or cure-all, as far as Asthma is concerned, it is indeed very helpful in regards to relieving excess encumbrances in the respiratory organs and owing to its deep breathing, it increases the lung’s airflow, capacity, stamina and efficiency.
The Shoulder-stand pose has 2 main counter-poses: the Bridge and the Fish Poses. They are indeed very simple to execute and as a matter of fact, the very last pose (the fish pose) is one of the specific poses mentioned by Sri Swami Devananda and IBS Iyengar (two of the most authoritative figures in modern day yoga) as being specifically useful for removing spasms from the bronchial tubes and thus relieving Asthma.
Now, let’s discuss the breathing exercises associated with Yoga. In addition to these poses, let me briefly mention the ‘Bellow’s breath exercise’ (a yoga breathing exercise) as this helps tremendously.
The Bellow’s Breath Exercise (aka Kapalabathi) involves purposely pumping the stomach in an inward motion and exhaling through the nose simultaneously in controlled movements. This removes spasms and tones up the respiratory system significantly.
In addition to all of this, one commonly overlooked factor in using Yoga is this; Yoga calls for a specific consumption of foods that make up its associated Sattvic Diet or Yogic diet.
Coincidentally, this diet excludes all processed, packaged or animal foods and is mostly (if not all the way) vegetarian.
For asthma problems, you may want to strongly consider this as giving up all processed foods and animal products such as meat, milk, eggs and the like from your diet is a must and a fact that has been in effect in several programs aimed at correcting respiratory health such as the “Breath Retaining Program For Asthmatics" developed by the Russian, Dr. Buteyko.
Within weeks of adhering to this advice, many a chronic asthmatic has been able to give up the use of ventolin inhalers.
So if you are looking for therapeutic drug-free methods of Asthma control naturally and effectively, you will do well to look into Yoga. It won’t hurt and could possibly help out a lot.
Here’s to free breathing…
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