Yoga on the move: breathe easy

Yoga on the move: breathe easy

The disease is a physical manifestation of their response to strong emotional stimuli like anger, helplessness, sadness and restrictions on freedom.

Take a moment to think about this: Right now, without your conscious control, air is entering your body. Your organs are filtering dirt and non-essential gases from that air and infusing your body with oxygen and vitality. We are alive because we breathe. However, this essential act is an everyday struggle for a lot of people who suffer from asthma. Inflamed air passageways, mucus, wheezing and a vulnerability to allergies leave them gasping for breath.

While asthma can be genetically inherited, external triggers like animal dander, dirt, fumes or even emotional or physical exertion can trigger an ‘attack’ of asthma. Both children and adult sufferers are mostly very emotionally sensitive individuals. The disease is a physical manifestation of their response to strong emotional stimuli like anger, helplessness, sadness and restrictions on freedom.

While asthma is manageable with medication, a yoga routine will fortify both body and mind, minimising the amount of physical distress an asthmatic goes through. The following posture drains mucus from the lungs and air passageways and de-stresses the muscles that support breathing.

Enhanced blood supply to the chest eases congestion and repairs cells damaged by continual exertion.

Supported Pranamasana
(Salutation Posture)

Caution: Pregnant women, those who have neck problems, vertigo and high BP should avoid this posture.

To be done first thing in the morning.

Sit on your heels with your knees and feet together.

If your knees and ankles are too stiff, place a pillow underneath your ankles and your buttocks.

Place a thick, folded towel about 1 foot away from your body.

Fold your torso downwards and place your forehead on the towel.

Steady your body by placing both hands down on either side of your head.

Lift your hips up and push them forward as you bend your neck and roll your head forward.

Let your chin lock into your chest.

Your body should now be balanced on top of your head and lower legs.

Very carefully place your hands on your heels.

Stay here for 5 counts and slowly lower your posterior to your heels and forehead to the ground.

Breathing is normal all through the process.

Sit up after 5 counts.

To further de-tox your body, lie on your back and breathe deeply for 20 counts.