Yoga exercises that combine deep breathing with Prong, Cobra and Child's Poses can help you loosen up your chest and clear your lungs if you have asthma. Enjoy breathing again with the help of this free video on yoga therapy.
Hi, I'm CarolAnn with cyberworkouts.com, and today I'm going to show you Yoga poses for asthma. First, what we want to concentrate on is our breath. So, when we have asthma, we've got to clear the lungs, open up the breath way and really just kind of loosen up what's going on in your chest. So, one breathing technique is long deep breathing. So, if you want, place your hand right over your heart and another hand right over your belly. And inhale through the nose, "Hmmm", and exhale through the nose, "Hhhhh". And when you're breathing you want to make sure that you've got your shoulders relaxed, you're breathing all the way down through the back of the throat, through the heart and into the belly. "Hmmm", nice, long, slow, deep breathing; "Hmmm", just filling the lungs up as much as you can and then, releasing all the breath, "Hhhhh". We just need to slow it down. Now, once we slowed the breath, let's take it down to the floor. Place the arms down alongside the body. Place the feet firmly on the floor, about hip width apart. And we're going to start at the tail bone. Now, the whole goal again, is to transfer that long deep breath to our pose. So, we inhale to prepare, "Hmmm", exhale as we roll up, pressing the hips up towards the ceiling; and inhale and exhaling, coming on down. And again, inhale, "Hmmm", exhale, roll the tailbone up, then your back and press the hips up towards the ceiling, squeezing the gluts. Inhale at the top, "Hmmm", and exhaling as you come down. And we want to open up the chest and breath as we're performing the bridge. Now, another exercise that we can do is on the front side in a prong position. So, I'm going to flip around and I'm going to come down onto my chest and my hands are directly underneath my shoulders, elbows are back and all I'm going to do is elevate the heart into Cobra. And I'm keeping my shoulders down away from my ears and then, I'll lower down. I inhale to open, "Hmmm", and then, exhale to come down. Now, if you've got a larger range of motion here, you got a little bit more flexibility, you can always lift up into a higher Cobra and then, come down. And you can perform that about ten time; opening up the chest and coming on down. And when you're finished with the Cobra, come back into a Child's Pose just to lengthen. And those are your Yoga poses for asthma. I'm CarolAnn for cyberworkouts.com.