YOGA IN ASTHMA
Yoga could play a valuable role in the management of Bronchial Asthma. In fact, Yoga can help to increase the efficacy of drugs and reduce their side-effects substantially; the validity of the same being gauged through objective assessment of improvement after yoga therapy. The yogic procedures that are scientifically proven to help in Asthma are like Neti, Kunjal, Kapalabhati, Padmasana (Lotus posture), Gomukhasana (Cow head posture), Matsyasana (Fish posture) etc. The treatment works on different levels: physical, mental, emotional and through releasing the flow of energy. Each aspect of yoga bring its own benefits; the stamina of respiratory system increases, mucus is drained from your lungs, you learn to use your lungs properly and tense chest muscles are relaxed.
As well, energy blocks are released, energy levels rise and your mind and body are calmed and harmonized. Yoga also reduces the allergy response in the lungs , though how it comes is still unknown.
Another useful aspect of Yoga is the mastery that is gained over the involuntary nervous reflexes. This reduces the over activity of the nerves and thereby reduces the frequency of the attacks. Besides making attacks less frequent, Yoga can be an assistance during an attack. the increased capacity to relax and controlled breathing enables the person to avoid panic and thus reduce the attack’s severity.
The gentle breathing exercises in Breathe and stretch and Jogging help to make respiratory system more robust and makes the patient more energetic. The Asanas relax the tense muscles of the chest, so that the breathing is comfortable and energy blocks are released.
Inverted Asanas also drain mucus from the lungs. Meditation helps to calm you and harmonizes the mind and the body. Pranayama brings deeper benefits than the simple mechanical effect of exercising the lungs. Sectional breathing enables to use every part of the lungs, and Rapid Abdominal Breathing stimulates the lung tissue, relaxes chest muscles and energizes your whole system. Alternate nostril breathing has a calming effect, working with meditation to bring harmony and peace.
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