Asthma is a disease that causes immense discomfort and suffering. The patient suffers from difficulty in breathing, suffocation, coughing etc. because the respiratory tracks inside the lungs contract due to asthma. As the inhaled air passes through contracted tubes with increased velocity, sounds like whistle can be heard while breathing. This is called ‘wheezing’. The respiratory tubes get narrowed and obstructed because of excessive secretion of thick phlegm. A highly aggravated condition of asthma is called Statutes Asthmatics. This can prove to be very severe and may even lead to death.
One of the first steps in managing asthma is for the affected person and their family and friends to understand all about asthma and how to manage it. It is also important to be properly diagnosed and have the severity of asthma determined by a doctor. With correct diagnosis and management, a person with asthma should be able to live an active, full life, controlling asthma rather than asthma controlling them.
Yoga is a system inclusive of physical and mental training that can benefit people of all ages. It involves Asanas (body postures) and Pranayama (the art of breath control), among which of its physical uses are to reduce stress-related conditions, help with circulatory and respiratory disorders such as Asthma and Bronchitis, and improve overall health. Here I am suggesting some helpful Yoga Asana (Postures) Mudras (Gestures), Marmas (Healing points in Body), Breathing practices and daily routine changes in our lifestyle to manage asthma.