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Yoga & asthma

  2. 2. ASTHMA: 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.
  3. 3. • 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.
  4. 4. Asthma triggers
  5. 5. Asanas: Ardha chakrasana Supta vajrasana Bhujangasana Halasana Sirsasana
  6. 6. ARDHA CHAKRASANA: • 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 exhalation. You can repeat the posture 3 to 5 times.
  7. 7. Benefits: • Bending backwards gives room to breathe and thus helps respiratory system and can relieve asthma problems.
  8. 8. Supta vajrasana: • Sit erect. • Place the palm son the floor, on the side of the buttocks. • Slowly bend backwards, use your elbows for support. • Keep leaning till your back, shoulders and head are touching the floor. • The knees should not be raised from the floor.
  9. 9. • Keep the arms crossed behind your head. Place your palms beneath opposite shoulders. • 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.
  10. 10. BENEFITS: •Benefits those suffering from asthma, bronchitis and other lung ailments. •Tones the spinal nerves, neck and back muscles •Stretches the ribcage • Increases your lung capacity
  11. 11. BENEFITS OF BHUJANGASANA • 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
  12. 12. • Stretches the shoulders, arms, chest and abdominal muscles • Strengthens the spine and the buttocks: • Stimulates the organs in the stomach cavity: • Relieves stress • Reduces sciatic pain
  13. 13. Halasana Benefits •Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. •Flushes mucous •Stretches the shoulders and improves flexibility of your spine
  14. 14. Sirsasana Benefits: 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 more thoroughly.
  15. 15. • 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 lung tissue.
  16. 16. PRANAYAMA: • Pranayama are yogic breathing which constitute control of breathing.
  17. 17. Types of pranayama: • Kapalbhathi • Pranayama; puraka Kumbaka Rechaka • Bhastrika pranayama • Ujjayi pranayama • Sitakari pranayama • Sithili pranayama
  18. 18. • Sadanta pranayama • Bhramari pranayama • Pranayama: suryabedka Chandrabedhaka Nadisudhi
  19. 19. KAPALBHATI: • The lungs capacity to hold the oxygen increases. • There is a good circulation of oxygen through out the body • As a results helps in asthma, and common cold.
  20. 20. BHASTRIKA PRANAYAM: • 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.
  21. 21. • 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 power.
  22. 22. SURYABHEDHAKA • 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
  23. 23. UJJAYI PRANAYAM • 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.
  24. 24. JALA DHOUTI • 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)
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