YOGA & ASTHMA
M.COM III SEM
Asthma is a condition where the air
passages in the lungs become inflamed.
The air passages are the airways that
carry air in and out of the lungs. When the
air passages get inflamed, it becomes red
and swollen. It starts to swell and sticky
mucus is produced.
• All these factors cause the airways to
become narrow and make it difficult to
breathe. This results in Coughing,
wheezing, shortness of breath and a tight
feeling in the chest.
• Keep your feet hip-width apart from each
other. With inhalation you place your
hands on your lower back just above your
buttocks and bend backwards as much as
your body allows you. Stay in this position
and keep breathing. Come up with
You can repeat the posture 3 to 5 times.
room to breathe
and thus helps
and can relieve
• Sit erect.
• Place the palm son the floor, on the side of
• Slowly bend backwards, use your elbows for
• Keep leaning till your back, shoulders and
head are touching the floor.
• The knees should not be raised from the
• Keep the arms crossed behind your head.
Place your palms beneath opposite
• Keep the head rested on the wrists that
serve as a cushion.
• Keep the knees joined together and
touching the floor.
• Relax in this posture for some time.
•Benefits those suffering
from asthma, bronchitis
and other lung ailments.
•Tones the spinal nerves,
neck and back muscles
•Stretches the ribcage
• Increases your lung
• Improves asthma: As the lungs and chest
cavity is expanded during the practice of
yoga, this posture is very therapeutic for
people suffering from asthma. Regular
practice over a period of time has been
known to eliminate the use of medication
for asthma patients
• Stretches the shoulders, arms, chest and
• Strengthens the spine and the buttocks:
• Stimulates the organs in the stomach
• Relieves stress
• Reduces sciatic pain
•Helps relieve the
shoulders and improves
flexibility of your spine
Inversions also ensure
healthier and more
effective lung tissue.
When standing or sitting
upright, gravity pulls our
fluids earthward, and
blood "perfuses" or
saturates the lower lungs
• The lower lung tissue is thus more
compressed than the upper lungs. As a
result, the air we inhale moves naturally
into the open alveoli of the upper lungs.
Unless we take a good, deep breath, we
do not raise the ration of air to blood in the
lower lungs. When we invert, blood
perfuses the well-ventilated upper lobes of
the lungs, thus ensuring more efficient
oxygen-to-blood exchange and healthier
• Pranayama are
• The lungs capacity to hold the oxygen
• There is a good circulation of oxygen
through out the body
• As a results helps in asthma, and common
• Bhastrika means Blower in Sanskrit. In
Bhastrika breath is exhaled forcibly and
quickly. One should inhale and exhale
breath like a blower. This Pranayama is
considered the best.
• This is the only pranayam which removes
all ailments related to the three doshas
(vata- pitta--kapha). It is very good for
one's mental and physical health. It cures
depression, tiredness, insomnia, phobia
and anxiety. It gives one a feeling of calm
and peace. It also awakens the chakras
and kundalini, and unleashes one's hidden
• It is helpful in constipation, indigestion,
loss of appetite, heart diseases, low blood
pressure, depression, cold & cough, and
asthma. It is also a good exercise for cold
days. Yogis in cold Himalayan region who
practiced this pranayam saved themselves
• Clears the throat, removes cough, cures
snoring, is beneficial for thyroid problems.
It removes all heart problems and
strengthens the heart muscles. Regular
practice of this pranayam prevents all
cardio problems. It also improves mental
health particularly of the nervous system.
• This technique is also known as Gaj Karn.
Gaj means elephant. When an elephant
experiences nausea in the abdomen, it
reaches the trunk deep into its gullet and
sucks out the contents of the stomach.
• Benefits: Has a beneficial influence on
high acidity, allergies and asthma.
Eliminates halitosis (bad breath)