You can cure asthma through yoga asanas and practices. Asthma is a common condition in today’s polluted environment. It’s a respiratory condition which is marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs.  This causes difficulty in breathing. The factors which triggers asthma can be – dust allergy, pollen allergy, pets or other pollutants. Modern medicine usually offers quick-relief methods like inhalers and long-term medications to prevent attacks.  Yoga on the other hand helps reduce the asthma attacks by increasing the lung capacity and improving the quality of breathing. Yoga when practiced on a regular basis can naturally help.  In Yoga, the focus is always on breathing. Many times, due to stress, it’s common to take short shallow breaths. This results in less supply of oxygen to our brain, heart and other body parts, causing harm to our body.

Cure asthma through yoga asanas and practices explained below:

Surya namaskars or sun salutations

Surya namaskar when practiced with correct breathing and proper inhalation & exhalation (required for every posture) helps in relieving asthma symptoms.

Heart opener asanas

These asanas expand our chest and  help us in breathing better –   Dhanurasana, bhujangasana, tadasana, goumukhasana, Ardhmatsyendrasana, ushtrasana, chakrasana, setu bandha asana, savasana.  The list is endless.

Jalneti kriya

This kriya also known as nasal cleansing is a practice performed with the help of ‘neti’ pot filled with lukewarm saline water. It can be practiced daily.  It maintains nasal hygiene by removing dirt and bacteria, which we inhale while breathing, thus, helping us in breathing better.

Pranayama

Pranyama helps in almost all the ailments. Conscious breathing is the anchor to the present moment. Anulom vilom, kapal bhati, agnisar kriya and brahmri pranayam help regulating the breathing.  This, thus, improves the lung capacity to control the breath.

Meditation

Sitting in a quiet environment and meditating even for 5 minutes helps in relieving asthma symptoms. It is important to focus on breathing to achieve maximum benefits of meditation. It helps in reducing stress and boosting our immunity.

While practicing yoga make sure it’s under an expert’s guidance. Yoga doesn’t reverse asthma ailment but it helps in fighting the allergens which trigger the attack. This results in less usage of inhalers and other medicines. It’s advisable to avoid dust, pets, cigarette smoke, incense stick smoke and other allergens which can trigger an asthma attack.

Prevention is better than cure. To live a disease free & stress free life, come, let’s take a pledge to –  1) live healthy, 2) eat healthy and 3) maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Prarthana Makhija