The exact cause of asthma is not known. An asthma attack is a reaction to a trigger.
Triggers of asthma attack:
1. Allergic reaction.
2. Exposure to cold, dry and polluted weather.
3. Exposure to tobacco, dust, molds or wood smoke.
4. Close contact with pets, pollens.
5. Inhaling respiratory irritants such as perfumes, deodorants, room fresheners or cleaning products.
6. URTI, such as a cold, flu, sinusitis, or bronchitis.
7. Emotional excitement or stress.
8. Physical exertion or exercise.
9. Reflux of stomach acid known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Sulfites, an additive to some foods and wine.
Risk factors for developing asthma:
1. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and other allergies.
2. Eczema: another type of allergy affecting the skin.
3. Genetic predisposition: a parent, brother, or sister also has asthma.
In this free course, yoga will help you to recover from the underlying factors of asthma attacks. If you have a acute condition or suffer from multiple diseases other than asthma, consult our yoga doctors before starting the course to ensure that you are not doing contradicting exercises that can aggravate other conditions.
Start practicing yoga regularly. Choose a time of day you can stick with, so that exercise becomes a habit. No matter what time of day you choose to exercise, make sure to plan your workout two to three hours after your meal.
Stand straight with hands in front parallel to the shoulders and fold both palms . Inhale and spread hands sidewise and expand chest. Again exhale and bring your hands back to previous position. Do this for 10 times, take rest and then do for 10 times.
Benefits: Get energized and focused with this exercise.
Stand straight. Place the right hand on the right side of the ribs and the left hand on the left side of the ribs in such a way that the fingers of both the hands are placed on the intercostal space/ position respectively. Now take deep breathe (inhale) and then breathe out (exhale). Do this for 10 times.
Benefits: Intercostal muscles gets active and helps in breathing when normal breathing is difficult.
Stand straight. Keep your palms on navel region, keeping right palm over the left palm. Now take a deep breath and push your abdomen out. Then while breathing out pull your abdomen inside. Do this for 10 times.
Benefits: This exercise can help you fall asleep in case of trouble sleeping.
Stand straight. Hands beside the thigh. Then quickly inhale and exhale through the nose. Do this, take rest. Do this for 10 times, take rest and then do for 10 times.
Benefits: Opens up the blocked nasal passage.
Stand straight. Place both the arms on waist. Then inhale through nose and then exhale through mouth slowly by bending forward. Do this for 10 times.
Benefits: With expanded lung capacity, deep blow provides an essential flow of oxygen to organs such as the brain and heart.
Lie down on the floor with your face downwards. Chin should touch the floor. Both your toes should be kept together and they should be turned outwards. Place your hands in such a way so that your lower arm till elbow should rest on the floor. Elbow should be parallel to shoulder. When you raise your trunk, your forearms should be touching the sides of the chest. Now put pressure on the hands and raise your body up. Breathing will be normal. Now, hold this position and count 5. Rest the body on the floor.
Repeat the again. Then take rest in Corpse pose
Benefits: Helps to ease symptoms of asthma.
Sit in kneel down position. Then bend backwards slowly with the head going back and hold both the ankles with the hands tightly. The feet should remain touched with the ground. Breathe normally and count 5.
After that take rest in Corpse pose. Repeat the whole process once again.
Benefits: Opens the chest, improving respiration.
Sit on the ground with legs stretched out. Slowly lie down on your back. Place one pillow on your back. Place the crown of the head on the ground by bending the dorsal and cervical spine backwards. Then remove the hands. Place your palms on the respective thighs with elbows touching the ground. Count 5. Then release your head first with the help of your hands.
Repeat this asana again. Then take rest in Corpse pose
Benefits: A yoga for asthma which expands the lung capacity.
Lie down on your back. Stretch your hands straight upward and hold your right thumb with left thumb. Feet should be outstretched. Lower body will be stretched downward and upper body to be stretched upward. Hold and count 10. Practice twice.
Then take rest in Corpse pose in supination.
Benefits: Stretches the whole body, provides natural traction.
Sit in Easy posture. Palms will be on respective knees. Close your eyes. Now slowly breathe in and out. Concentrate on your breathing. Do this for 10 times. One time refers breathing in and out.
Benefits: Breath alternate can actually relieve the symptoms of asthma by control of breathing.
It is specially useful in asthama, lungs related problems, and knee pain