5 effective yoga poses for people suffering from asthma
Asthma, as we all know, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract. But what you might not know is how common this condition is. Approximately 300 million people worldwide are suffering from the problem of asthma. In India alone, 1.31 billion people are asthmatics, out of which about 6 per cent are children.
Yoga can be beneficial for asthma patients
Life of asthma patients is full of incidences of shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing, which makes it difficult for them to carry out even the simplest daily tasks. Anything can trigger the coughing and breathlessness – like taking two flights of stairs or coming in contact with pollen or dust particles. These small things can leave them gasping for air and wheezing for a long time. There is absolutely no way to cure the disease. All you can do is manage the symptoms and prevent the triggers. Medications are effective, but lifestyle changes play an equally important role. Including yoga in the routine can be an effective way to manage the symptoms of asthma and keep the lungs healthy. Here are 5 beneficial yoga poses all asthmatics must try.
Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing
How to do it:
Step 1: Sit down comfortably in Sukhasana pose (crossed legs) on the ground with your spine erect and shoulders relaxed. Breathe in and out to make yourself comfortable in this position.
Step 2: Rest your left hand on your thigh in meditation pose (join the head of your thumb and index finger).
Step 3: Bring your right hand in Nasagra mudra (fold your middle and index finger).
Step 4: Now close your right nostril with the thumb of your right hand. Take a deep breath with your left nostril and then close it with your ring and little finger.
Ardha Matsyendrasana or Half spinal twist pose
How to do it:
Step 1: Sit on the ground with your legs stretched in front of you.
Step 2: First bend both your knees. Now drop your left knees on the mat and bring the right knees to close (right foot over your left knees). Now bring your left ankle close to your right thigh.
Step 3: Raise your right arm overhead and then take it back and place your hand on the mat behind your hip.