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Asthma under control – Yoga as an alternative therapy

Asthma overview

Asthma is a chronic disease. its a chronic inflammatory disease of the air passages tubes into lungs. the passage of air is external through nose. then air goes in to the neck or throat. later it passes through wind pipe. wind pipe divides into 2 passages, which merges with the 2 lungs on left & right side. they are known as bronchial tubes. the bronchial tubes end up as small balloon sac like structure for exchange of gases. the air is blocked or slowed down by mucous in air passages. spasms occurs due to which we cannot breathe easy.

normal lungs

problem in lungs


Patterns in asthma symptoms are important and can help your doctor make a diagnosis. Pay attention to when symptoms occur:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • Coughing.
  • Wheezing.
  • Can be mild, moderate or severe.
  • Can vary from person to person.
  • Can flare up from time to time and then not appear for long times.
  • Can vary from one episode to the next.
  • Fatigue (your child may slow down or stop playing).
  • Problems feeding or grunting during feeding (infants).
  • Avoiding sports or social activities.
  • Problems sleeping due to coughing or difficulty breathing.
  •  At night or early morning.
  •  During or after exercise.
  • During certain seasons.
  • After laughing or crying.

yoga as therapy

By regular  practice of  exercises i.e., yogasanas  & pranayama. The narrow passage of the bronchial tubes of lungs gets very much broader. The performance of bronchial tubes increases to a greater extent. so one can control the attack  to a greater extent &  subsequently it can be cured.


Suryanamaskar – are  used for the proper expansion of lungs. By regular practice of suryanamaskar  lungs & bronchial tubes become wider. so oxygen is breathed in bigger propositions.

Matsyasana  -if  lungs gets ample supply of blood. There by bronchial tubes,breathing

system & air vessels  gain more  capacity of air and  become more active. By this exercise lungs gets stretched both vertically as well as transversely . Hence  oxygen is breathed in full proposition and  working capacities of  both the diaphragm and the lungs increase.

Dhanurasana – diseases connected to lungs which may be small  or  big problem but they are due to

allergy and congestion of the lungs. so the dhanurasana is  good help in preventing asthma.

fish pose

Bow pose

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