Yoga Poses To Relieve Asthma
Are you suffering from asthma? Then this post is for you! In this post you will find yoga poses to relieve asthma. But before we head to that let us see what asthma exactly is.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory system disease. It affects the lungs and airways that carry the air to and from the lungs. Asthma patients have difficulty in breathing as these airways get constricted. Inflammation and mucous in the airways can cause wheezing. The common symptoms in asthma patients are coughing, breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, wheezing or whistling sound while breathing.
What causes asthma?
Certain causes of asthma are pollen, food allergies and environment irritants such as smoke or dust. However, not everybody gets asthma due to the same reasons. Do you know that India contributes 10% to the total no of asthma patient the world over? This indeed is a cause of concern. People of any age group can get affected.
Factors that make you more likely to get asthma are:
a) Genetic – If many people in your family have asthma then there are chances that you too might develop asthma.
b) You are overweight
c) You are exposed to seasonal allergens such as pollens
d) You smoke or are exposed to second hand smoke
e) You are allergic to some foods or food additives such as colours and preservatives.
Asthma has no cure and the treatments only help to reduce its symptoms and prevent fresh asthma attacks.
Yoga Poses To Relieve Asthma
Check out the yoga poses that will help you get some relief from asthma
This pranayama (yoga breathing) is known as the breath of fire. In this pranayama, inhalation as well as exhalation are forced. Bharastika helps in providing complete oxygen to the body. It gives strength to the lungs, helps relieve allergies, asthma and respiratory system diseases. It improves immunity and prevents common cold.
2) Anulom Vilom Pranayama
3) Nadi Shodhan Pranayama
Also called as Alternate Nostril Breathing, this pranayama is the next level of Anulom Vilom. The term ‘Nadis’ refers to the subtle energy channels present in the body that get blocked due to unhealthy lifestyle, physical trauma and stress. ‘Shodhan’ refers to cleaning and unblocking . So, the term ‘Nadi Shodhan’ means clearing and unblocking the nadis. This pranayama will help your mind get calmer than usual.
The kapalbhati pranayama is a breathing technique that helps improve the functioning of the respiratory system.
This asana is more like a sleeping pose that helps in providing the mind and body complete relaxation. It helps one concentrate better, improves mental health, treats insomnia and relaxes the muscles of the body.
Foods to avoid if you have asthma
You need to avoid fried foods, alcohol (also smoking), food additives and processed foods if you have asthma. Focus more on organic foods. However, that does not mean that you cannot lead a normal life. You must be a little more cautious than others.
Hope you found this post on yoga poses to relieve asthma useful!
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