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Finally, there is an answer to those painful breathless bouts where you feel like you are being strangled. The answer lies in Yoga. The ancient science of Yoga not just helps you stay fit and flexible; it has immense healing qualities too, as many practitioners who lived with the pain and discomfort of chronic Asthma earlier will tell you.

According to medical experts, emotional trauma or stress can trigger asthmatic attacks. Yoga in this regard helps to reduce stress considerably. Powerful breathing exercises or Pranayamas that make an integral part of classical Yoga help in increasing the lung capacity, which also aids the fight against Asthma.

Pranayama in Sankrit is a conjunction of two beautiful words- Prana or Life force and Ayama or Dimension or control. Pranayama is that practice which involves controlled breathing that helps to increase the Prana of life force in the body. Higher the Prana in the body, there is more enthusiasm and positivity that one experiences throughout the day. Yoga and Pranayamas are not just a physical exercise but they are a union between the body, mind and spirit.

Here we share some Yogasanas or poses and breathing techniques that can help you deal with Asthma with sustained practice.


A) Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)



Alternate nostril breathing channelizes the life force in different plexus or energy channels of our body. It not only awakens our body but our nervous system as well.

B) Yogic Breath

Yogic breath is done to expand the lung capacity and make the process of deep breathing smoother and deeper. For Yogic Breath,


2. Yoga Poses

1) Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)

As you are lying on your back, breathing in, bend your knees.


2) Seated Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

For this asana,


3) Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Slowly lie down on the stomach. In Bhujangasana, take the mind towards the chest region.


4) Upward Facing Dog (Urdhvamukha Shvanasana) And Downward Facing Dog (Adhomukha Shvanasana)

5) Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

For Bridge pose, bend both your knees and place the feet on the floor, very close to your hips.

6) Butterfly Pose (Badhakonasana)

Sit in Sukhasana with legs crossed comfortably. Now for Butterfly pose,


7) Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana)

Lie on your back.

8) Yoga Nidra

Having felt the stretch in all other parts of the body, now it is time to rest and let the body cells relax. It is very important that after doing asanas, we either finish the session with a soothing guided meditation of Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep). Without proper rest after the asanas, you miss out on the most important experience of Yoga which is a deep spiritual rest that your body gets, after having exhausted the Rajas Guna in the body through focused activity.

Disclaimer: This article is only for informative purposes. It is strongly recommended for children and adults to learn and practice these asanas under the guidance and supervision of a trained and certified Sri Sri Yoga faculty.

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Upward facing dog-

Bridge pose-

Upward plank

Butterfly pose-

Cobra pose-

Seated half spinal twist-

Wind-relieving pose-

Alternate nostril breathing-



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