Pranayama Meditation Improves Asthma Conditions

Asthma is a very common respiratory disorder which involves a severe narrowing of the bronchial tubes (bronchi). This narrowing of the bronchi causes difficulty in breathing, specifically when breathing out.

Yoga Exercises including the poses, breathing, and relaxation techniques put you in control of your mind and emotions, making you more relaxed and allowing you to breathe easier. This will also help your lungs work better and enhance airflow during Asthma attacks.

Breathing Technique

Take deep breaths. While inhaling, always remember that the body is being filled with air. When something is full it expands.

When we exhale we are emptying the body, thus, it will contract or shrink as it is emptied. Also remember that unless otherwise mentioned, all breathing is done through the nose.

Sit in a position that is comfortable. The posture should be good. If the spine is not straight, the body cannot fill to its full capacity.

Sit with the hands on the ribs and tummy and inhale. Fill the tummy first and then feel the inhalation filling the rest of the lungs. Continue to breathe until the throat is full and then immediately begin to exhale. Exhale until the body is completely empty. Repeat this exercise four times. This breath can be performed anytime during the day to help you relax.

Yoga positions


Place 2 bolsters parallel to each other on the floor. Kneel on the bolsters, keeping your knees together. Place the rolled blanket on your shins, and the folded blanket under your buttocks. Sit with your back upright.


Sit with your spine erect and your knees bent. Straighten each leg, one at a time, and join the inner sides of your legs and feet. Lengthen the calf muscles, and stretch your knees and toes. Keep your knees straight. Lift your abdomen, freeing the diaphragm of tension. Hold the pose for 1 minute.

Anuloma Viloma:

Anuloma Viloma is also called the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. In this Breathing Technique, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and exhale through the other nostril.

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