Yoga can help asthma

Breathe easy with Yoga

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Exercising asthma is recommended but people with asthma can find some forms of physical exercises may trigger their asthma. This is why yoga is catching on among people with asthma!! With so much emphasis on the breath, it seems logical that a regular yogic practice would have benefits for people who have problems with their airways

The science behind it

Incorrect breathing may also lead to asthma. Many athletes also suffer from asthma, and this strongly suggests that breathing too much and/or too violently may irritate the airways and possibly alter the brain’s breathing center, causing asthma.

Asthma is due to a hypersensitivity of the bronchi and bronchioles of the lungs, which swell and secrete extra mucus narrowing the air passage into the lungs. In a lot of cases, yogic breathing techniques can help slow this down.

A number of scientific studies have shown that yoga and pranayama (yogic breathing) in particular have a positive effect on patients suffering from asthma. Even breathing exercises in their simple form with a 1:2 ratio i.e. an exhalation that is twice as long as the inhalation, have been shown to produce a beneficial effect.

I remember watching the movie La mer bleue years ago. The movie is about a freediver who could retain his breath for unusually long periods of time. I was fascinated by the use of yoga breathing and wondered if it could benefit people with breathing problems like asthma. I knew the movie was based on a true story so did my research and found a lot of medical research like Peter Wurschy, a Dutch freediver and champion in distance diving who suffered severe chronic asthma for years but today is completely free of symptoms. To read more about his experience go to Being an asthma sufferer myself I decided to give this practice a try. I began to practice every night for 10 minutes and within six months I was delighted that I no longer required my inhaler. However, I would never suggest anyone on medication for asthma discard their medication.

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