Yoga to Prevent Asthma
Yoga postures which are otherwise known as asanas can be extremely effective in curing ailments and also in maintaining a healthy body and mind. The breathing exercises or the Pranayama in Yoga is often hailed as the best way out in curing breathing related issues. Urdhva mukha shvanasana and Adho mukha shvanasana are two of such postures or asanas in Yoga which will help prevent Asthma by enhancing the quality of breathing.
Urdhva mukha shvanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
In Urdhva Mukha Shvanasan the person attains a posture which resembles a dog that is facing upwards. This pose is also used in Surya Namaskar. Being very easy and highly beneficial, this posture has become an integral part of the yoga practice.
- Lie face down on the ground with the top of your legs touching the floor.
- Place the hands on either sides of your chest, with the palms touching the ground and hands close to your chest.
- Press on your palms and lift up your chest looking upwards. Press down on the top of your feet and lift up your waist and legs too. Only your palms and the top of your legs must be touching the ground now.
Daily practice of this asana can help keeping the backbones strong, lungs healthy and also make the body flexible.
Adho mukha shvaanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
- Kneel down and bend down, keeping your palms on the floor directly under the shoulders. Make sure that the knees don’t touch each other and that there is a space between the knees. . Breathe in and pull your waist towards the ceiling to get an inverted V position. Only your palms and your feet should touch the ground.
- Remain in this position for some time with long breaths. Come back slowly to the initial position.
Daily practice of this asana helps in boosting the energy of the person, thus burning away lethargy. Moreover it enhances breathing and helps in breathing without blocks..