Combating Asthma & breath easy with Yoga

Asthma is a disease related with respiratory system which is characterized by shortened breathing , coughing & sticky mucous from chest , wheezing & chronic inflammation. Asthma is characterized by sudden involuntary contraction of the tubes of the lungs resulting in cough , suffocation and wheezing. the airways plugged with excessive ,thick mucus secretion produced by cells lining the airway.

Attack of asthma may last for only few minutes or may continue for hours or days. In rare & extreme cases asthma can even prove fatal. An attack of asthma can be fearful & exhausting experience for sufferer & his family members.

How yoga helpful combating Asthma :



Shatkriyas : This is the most important part of the therapy. Warm saline water is profoundly effective in dissolving & removing thickness accumulated mucus wastes from the nasal mucus membrane. Neti & Kunjal should be performed each morning before any other sadhana. By practicing kunjal kriya an acute attack of asthma can be terminated & threatened attack can be Averted by directing the buildup of nervous energy that is causing the attack, towards expelling the water from the stomach. Neti kriya removes obstruction from the nasal passage, facilitates nasal breathing & averts the allergic responses Mediated through the nasal mucus membrane.



Surya Namaskara-Sun Salutation : This is combination of 12 breathing sequential series, during the Sun Salutation prepares respiratory mechanism for the asthma combats, perform it slowly and with breath awareness, practice up to seven rounds each morning at sunrise.



Asanas : Those whose body is stiff should first practice the Pawanmuktaasana. Konaasana , Dhanurasana , Makarasana , Gomukhasana , Sarvangasana , Matsyasana ,
Janusirshasana , Shashankbhujasana , Pranamasana
etc.These asanas help to reshape the chest , improve posture , strengthen the spinal column, promote the flow of inhibited & blocked nervous energy, & rebalance & restore the whole body.




Pranayamas : Nadi shodhana develops awareness & control over the inflowing & out flowing breath. Ujjai pranyama , Bhastrika , with both kumbhaka & jalandhara bandha , Kapalbhati , strengthen the lungs & develop respiratory Cepacity.With regular practice of pranayama, the Asthmatic learns to be more & more aware of His breath, & automatically, he also Becomes more aware of his thoughts, feelings & mental states.




Relaxation : Yoga Nidra provides an effective means for defusing an acute attack of asthma. It is also useful In inducing the state of mental relaxation in which yogic self analysis can occur. This will enable the asthmatic to become familiar with his estranged breathing process.




Meditation : Ajpa japa , ascending & descending the consciousness in frontal psychic passageway from navel to throat in conjunction with mantra Soham. The practice slows & releases the breath, allowing the deeper subconscious Psychic factor which initiate & underline asthma to surface. It is essential part of asthma cure.




Dietry Recommendations : Simple, nourishing, no stimulating foods, including plenty of fresh fruits & lightly cooked vegetable, Particularly greens. Take whole meal grains & pulses in places eggs & meats. Mucus producing foods such as rice, sweets, dairy products & refined flour products should be completely avoided.



All chemically treated processed, Flavored & preserved foods, as well as any foods which are known to initiate an Allergic reaction should be strictly avoided. Heating spices such as chilli, pepper, Garlic & ginger are advised, especially in colder months when the Kapha (the mucus element) increases in the body.

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