Asthma is an inflammatory disease that causes difficulty breathing, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and bronchospasm. Caused by environmental and genetic factors, asthma is a long-term disease in which the airways in the lungs become swollen and inflamed. Exercise can give you asthma relief, but physical activity can be a challenge for those with it. In this case, yoga is the perfect solution. Yoga, will not only relieve asthma symptoms, but also make your lungs healthy and strong. Here are some yoga asanas for asthma relief.
1. Sukasana pose (easy pose)
This relaxing and simple pose is ideal for asthma relief. It focuses on breathing function and improves lung function. It will also relieve stress. This is the pose you use for meditation. It is advisable to do this in the morning and sit in this pose for as long as possible.
How to do it: Start by sitting on the floor with your legs crossed. You should be comfortable. For extra support, you can use a towel by rolling it up and keeping it under your tailbone with your hands in front of your chest in a prayer position. You can also keep your left palm on your stomach and right on your heart. Now, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Pay attention to your breathing. Do this for about five minutes.
2. Dandasana (staff pose)
Dandasana or the stick pose stretches your chest and improves your posture. The pose is known to treat asthma. It also strengthens the core and back muscles.
How to do it: Start by sitting down with your legs in front of you and your hands by your side. Keep your legs together by bringing your feet and the insides of your legs together. Your spine should be straight. Now take a deep breath and hold this position for about a minute. Make sure your legs are together.
3. Upavistha Konasana (wide angle sitting pose)
The wide-angle sitting pose or upanvistha Konasanma makes your chest open and stretches your upper body. This will help you breathe easier. It is advisable to perform this asana in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also do this in the evening, but be sure to do it four to six hours after your last meal.
How to do it: Start by sitting on the floor with your back against a wall. Your back and shoulders should touch the wall. Keep your hands by your side with your palms on the floor. Push your upper body upward by pressing on your palms. Now spread your legs as wide as possible. You can use your hands to spread your legs apart. Keep your hands in front of you and breathe deeply. Hold this position for about a minute, then return to the original position.
4. Uttanasana (forward bending pose)
Uttanasana or the forward bend pose is a pose used to calm down. It will help relieve your stress and calm you down. It is also a natural treatment for asthma because it will open up your lungs.
How to do it: Start by standing straight with your legs hip-width apart and your hands by your side. Now lean forward from your hips. Hold the opposite elbow and let your body loose and suspended. Hold this position for about five deep breaths, then return to the original position.
5. Baddhakonasana (butterfly pose)
Baddhakonasana or butterfly asana is another relaxing pose. It will expand your body and provide asthma relief.
How to do it: Sit down with the soles of your feet together. Hold the toes with both hands and wave your legs like butterfly wings. Hold your body slightly leaning forward. Do this for five deep breaths, then return to the original position.