Asthma affects the airways, causing them to tighten, become inflamed or to fill with mucus. Asthma symptoms be vary from mild to severe and may include: Coughing, especially at night, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain.
The cause of asthma is not fully understood; it is thought to be a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Some people with asthma may go for long periods without having any symptoms, interrupted by periodic worsening of their symptoms called asthma attacks. Others might have asthma symptoms every day. In addition, some people with asthma may only have asthma during exercise or asthma with infections like colds.
Yoga for Asthama
Ujjayi Prananaya soothes the body and improves asthma. The chest is slightly lifted up as if the inhalation is done from the throat. Ujjayi involves a deep inhalation from both nostrils with a half closed glottis, so that a faint hissing snoring sound is made during the inhalation. Then there is retention of breath followed by exhalation.
Chakrasana or the wheel pose is a backward bending yoga asana. It is beneficial in improving asthma.