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Yoga for Asthma

Posted on May 30, 2015 by HomeopathyStore Team

The breathlessness experienced by asthma sufferers can be relieved by a yoga practice which strengthens the lungs and the muscles which support breathing.

To prepare the lungs and open the breath, begin with Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing).

Urdhra Tadasana

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and hands to either side.
  • Inhale and raise your arms to the ceiling.
  • Spread the fingers towards the sky as you raise yourself on your toes.
  • Stay up for a second or two, holding your breath as you do so, then exhale and return your arms to your sides as your heels return to the floor.

Repeat several times.

Triyaktadasana

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart. Reach your arms in front of you and clasp your fingers together.
  • On an inhale push your palms out and up above your head.
  • Exhale as you release your upper body to the left, making a crescent shape with your body. Stay here for one breath cycle, then return to center on an inhale.
  • Exhale your upper body to the right, remaining in this position for one full breath cycle.
  • Return to center and repeat the exercise on each side. Ensure that your body does not lean forward or backward during this pose.

Bhujangasana—Cobra Pose

  • Come to lie on your stomach with your hands by your side near your shoulders and the tops of your feet resting on the floor.
  • Inhale as you press into the floor with your feet and hands.
  • Exhale and begin to lift your head and upper body off the mat.
  • Inhale, then release to the ground on the exhale.

Repeat cobra pose 3 times.

Dhanurasana-Bow Position

  • Lie on your stomach with your hands by your side.
  • Bend your knees and grab the ankles or the outside of the feet.
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