When you are suffering from coughing, wheezing and tightness in your chest after a brisk walk or a round of physical exercise you are probably suffering from a bronchial disorder called asthma. Its a misnomer to think that asthma patients should not exert at all. With the help of yoga you can actually find a solution to these asthma attacks.
In simple terms, an integrated approach of yoga includes several components: breathing, asanas, pranayama, meditation and devotional sessions. With asthma emerging as a major impediment in elderly (and even not so old) people, yoga has emerged as a non-medicinal remedy to this ailment. .
What are the steps to be followed in yoga? Quite simply, it comprises of several breathing exercises to ensure greater flow of oxygen into the lungs complemented by body postures that can alleviate joint and muscle pains.
Following is a list of few breathing exercises and yoga postures to help you get rid of asthma:
Deep Breathing Technique
Taking deep breaths maximising the usage of your lungs and breathing correctly aids in reducing the breathing stiffness an asthma patient is likely to have frequently.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
In this technique, you inhale from one nostril and exhale from the other and viceversa.
Kapalbati (Skull Shining)
This will strengthen your nervous system thus improving blood circulation and relaxing the mind.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
This asana will open up the chest and the supply of oxygen to the lungs will increase, thus reducing asthma. It will massage your abdominal organs and help in releasing gas and also help in digestion as your chest and lungs get exercised.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
This asana improves blood circulation by expanding the chest, calms your mind and releases stress, thus decreasing the fatigue of the body. The cobra pose brings your body to a calm posture by being in a meditative state for a few minutes and you are rejuvenated.
Make sure you do the asanas correctly under trainer supervision to avoid any kind of adverse effects. So a healthy diet coupled with these asanas definitely provides a good therapy for these respiratory problems.
You can always fall back upon medication and an inhaler but a simple breathing technique and a yoga posture which can be practised without any serious effort in the comforts of home and own time zones can also work wonders and bring you out of the closet, carefree and confident.