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4 Yoga Poses For Asthma
Practice these following postures after consulting your medical physician. Please ensure that you perform these exercises under the guidance or supervision of a trained yoga teacher.
1. Naukasana or boat pose
Sit on your mat with your legs stretched forward and keep your back straight. Inhale and lift both legs up holding them at a degree of 30 to 45 degrees. Keep your back straight and balance on your sit bones.
2. Sukhasana or Easy Pose
Sit in a cross legged position with your back straight. Inhale and exhale normally and close your eyes with your arms on your knees.
3. Sarpasana or Cobra Pose
For Sarpasana , lie down on your stomach and interlace your fingers behind your back. As you take an inhalation, lift your head, chest and shoulders upwards as much as you can. Stretch your interlocked hands behind you. Do not allow your feet to lift off from the floor.
4. Salabhasana variation or Locust Pose
Lie on your stomach with palms under your shoulders. Keep your legs together. Inhale and raise your right hand and left leg up behind with your knee straight. You should also lift the head and chest up. Exhale and slowly release and repeat on the other side. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds.
If you are a beginner for yoga, it is suggested that you start practicing these asanas slowly along with their breathing techniques. You can also include pranayama for five minutes a day and gradually increase the duration. Hold each pose for 10-15 seconds and repeat 2-3 times.