Best Yoga Poses to Control Asthma


Asthma is an illness caused by genetic or environmental factors, sometimes the combination of both. Asthma literally means panting. Asthma patients have a difficulty in breathing and often experience the shortness of breath.

It also causes a feeling of tightness in the chest. The most troubling problem of asthma is coughing. The coughing takes place from the lungs and is very difficult to bring up. The slight change in environmental temperature or difference in a range of altitude gives an attack to the asthma patient. This chronic asthma can be treated and controlled with a good routine of yoga. Here are some of the best yoga poses to control asthma.

Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

To achieve this pose, stand with your knees slightly bent. This is similar to the standing position of Tadasana. Lift your left foot up and cross it over your right foot maintaining the balance of the entire body on the right foot. Spread your arms parallel to the ground and support the right arm on the left and gasp them together pointing towards the sky. It will appear like a twist. Stay in this position for 15 to 30 seconds. Due to the stretching out of shoulders, more space is made available to the lungs and hence this ensures good respiration.

Artha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)

In this pose, you have to sit erect on the ground with your legs in front of your body. Gently slide your left leg under your right leg by bending the knee. And then bend your right knee and step your right leg over the bent leg and make it stand. Inhale and place your left hand folded in the elbow on the right knee which is pointing towards the sky. Place the right hand on the backside of the body, on the ground. Exhale and turn your head in both the directions –front and back, one by one. Stay in this pose for 30 to 50 seconds, relax and repeat. This will give a twist to your spine helping it to relax all its muscles which is beneficial for asthma.

Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose)

This asana of yoga to control asthma is the one that requires dedication to achieve. Lie down in Virasana. Make your upper body recline in a backward direction and ensure that the back properly rests on the floor. As the pose virasana includes bending of legs in a backward direction, carefully perform this act otherwise you might end up having a muscular pain. The arms should be properly rested on the floor with the arms facing towards the ground. This asana strengths and stretches your spine and is thus beneficial.

Makarasana (Crocodile Pose)

In this pose, lie down on your stomach. Relax your body and keep your legs in a straight line. Gasp your palms together and place your face on the palms with your eyes closed. Stay in this position for 5 minutes. This pose can be done as a relaxation pose between other asanas as it relaxes your mind and is therapeutic to your body.

Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana (Dolphin Plank Pose)

In this pose, lie down on your stomach and slowly acquire the plank pose. Lift your body up resting on your palms and feet. The feet should be well aligned on the ground and should rest in perpendicular to it. The hands should form an L-shape with the arm at 90 degrees to the ground. Take deep breathes for a minute. This pose strengthens the chest and hence enables to better breathing habits.