Yoga for Asthmatics

What is Asthma

Asthma is a general respiratory ailment that is experienced when the bronchial tubes get narrow. An asthma attack is generally acknowledged by shortness of breath, which can often be followed by coughing and wheezing. The facilitation of yoga for asthma enables in reducing the bottleneck of the bronchial tubes.

Yoga for Asthmatics (Asanas)

By practicing the right postures and breathing therapies of yoga on daily basis, the bronchial tubes performance will simultaneously be increased. 

  • Virasana (Hero Pose) 

  • Upavistha Konasana (Wide Seated Forward Bend)

  • Dandasana (Staff Pose), 

  • Baddha Konasana (Cobbler’s Pose)

Above mentioned are the most recommended yoga poses for asthma. One of the primary features of yoga that enables the practice of yoga for asthmatics and respiratory disorders so influential is the breathing exercises.

How to Perform These Asanas


  • To perform the Virasana place a few bolsters next to each other on the ground. Keeping your knees together put your knees on the bolsters. 

  • Place a rolled blanket under your shins and another one under your buttocks. Ensure your back is not bent. 

  • Chest should be erect and your palms should be relaxed on your knees. 

  • Look straight and maintain in posture 30 to 60 seconds.  

Upavistha Konasana

  • Sit with a straight spine and legs stretched outside. 

  • Open your legs to nearly a 90 degree angle. 

  • Put your hand behind you on the floor and press your buttocks forward to widen your legs and touch further.

  • Contract your thighs and push out through the ball joints of your feet. Ensure that your knees are facing upward all times. 

  • Stretch your spine, up through your forehead. 

  • Then with a straight erect spine bend forward by the hips, walking your hands forward between your legs. 

  • With each exhalation, strengthen your stretch until you feel a relaxed stretch in your inner hamstrings and the outer part of your legs.

  • Bring your breast bone equal to the floor but not rest on it but just hover over it, grab your big toes with your index and middle finger, or grab the outsides of your feet with both hands while continuing to press out through the balls of your feet.


  • Sit on the floor with legs parallel and stretched forward. You can also take support of a wall. The shoulder bones and sacrum must touch the wall. Place a small rolled towel between the wall and the lower back. 

  • Now, without stretching the belly, strengthen the thighs, press them against the floor, rotate them slightly toward each other, and bring the inner groins toward the sacrum. 

  • Rotate your ankles, pressing out through your heels. 

  • Think your spine as the "staff" at the vertical part of your stomach, rooted firmly in the Earth. Hold the pose for at least one minute.

Baddha Konasana

  • Sit with your legs place straight on the floor, with erected pelvis on a blanket if your hips or groins are stiff.

  • Bend your knees with each exhalation. 

  • Bring your heels toward your pelvis and drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet. 

  • Grab the big toe of both foot using the first and second finger and thumb. 

  • Sit in this position on order to bring pubis and the tailbone in a parallel line on the floor. 

  • Place the sacrum and shoulder against the back. Extend the thigh toward the floor. The knees will automatically go with it. 

  • Stay in this posture from 1 to 5 minutes. Then inhale, take away your knees from the floor, and bring the legs back to their right position.

How is Yoga for Asthmatics Beneficial 

Tests conducted at Yoga Therapy Centers have manifested remarkable outcomes in curing asthma. In a few cases it has also been discovered that attacks can actually be avoided without the aid of drugs, just practicing yoga for asthmatics.

Self Awareness 

This is due to yogic exercises that leads to more anxiety reduction than drugs do. Yoga offers patients access to their own internal evaluation and enable them pin-point the cause of their ailment, i.e. find their own stimulations. This comes through enhances self-awareness. Simple yogic exercises enable to regulate breathing patterns, as well as catapult lung functioning.

Guidelines to Practice Yoga 

To receive the best results the yoga for asthmatics should be practiced in morning hours when your stomach is empty but should constantly sip water all through this practice, to allow keep your airways moist. Wear light, loose-fitting attires and practice in a comfortable, airy room or outdoors, with proper room to lie down. If you feel nauseous, curious, or short of breath during any of the practices, stop instantly, get up and walk around. You are perhaps just hyperventilating and require burning off some energy. Don't resume your practices right away. Rather give them rest for some day.

Above all, educate yourself from time to time – specifically when you get annoyed or upset with yourself – that is the way you breathe now is what is making you ill. It is conditioned demeanor, which can be easily altered.