What is ASTHMA?
In this article, we will understand the importance of Yoga For Asthma. But before that, let us know basic about asthma. The term asthma comes from Greek and means oppression. It is a chronic ie long-term and paroxysmal occurring inflammatory disease of the airways . It is associated with an increased sensitivity of the bronchi to various stimuli (called bronchial hyper reactivity ). Often they appear at night and in the early morning . Asthma is caused by persistent or chronic inflammation of the airways. This is not an infection by viruses or bacteria but a reaction to the stimuli of our environment. The constriction of the bronchial tubes leads to air scarcity due to the increased exertion of breathing. In severe asthma attacks, oxygen deficiency may occur. During exhalation, the air may be trapped in the pulmonary vesicles, which leads to an inflation of the lungs and a feeling of dyspnoea.
The very common respiratory disorder or respiratory complaint of maximum people is Asthma, which implies a terrible narrowing down of the bronchial tubes (bronchi) means that the bronchial tube becomes extremely narrow. It is a state of condition where the airway/air passage in the lung get inflamed. The bronchial tubes lead from the trachea i.e windpipe into the lungs , they transport oxygen to all parts of the lungs that we inhale and allow a path for the carbon dioxide to get off by the trachea when we exhale. Air passages inflammation in the lung result into redness and swelling, later on it start to swell badly resulting into pasty/sticky mucous secretion This causes narrowing of the bronchi making it difficulty in breathing, specifically when breathing out.
Causes of Asthma
- Environmental factor (pollution, allergy,exposure to dust,fumes, tobacco)
- Dietary changes(high intake of salt, lower intake of omega-3 fatty acids)
- Lack of exercise
- Mental stress and strain.
- Hereditary or genetic factors
Typical allergic – trigger
- Pollen, eg birch and grasses
- House dust mites
- Food, eg fruit, nuts or milk
- Animal hair, eg cat, dog or rabbit
- Mold spores
- Allergens in the profession, eg flour dust at the baker
Typical non – allergic – trigger
- Bronchial infections, caused by viruses and bacteria
- Tobacco smoke
- Weather influences, ozone or cold air
- Auto exhaust gases
- Paints and varnishes
How common is asthma?
It is estimated that about 5% of adults and up to 10% of all children suffer from asthma in western industrialized countries. Although the asthma complaints – especially with allergy sufferers – often begin in childhood and adolescence, the disease continues with age. Overall, about 6 million German citizens suffer from this disease. Globally, asthma increases without any clear-cut causes.
The link between allergies and asthma
Allergy is the most important single risk factor for the development of asthma. Approx. 75% of asthmatics have an allergy. An allergy is a certain faulty reaction of the immune system on contact with generally harmless substances from the environment such as pollen, fungal spores or animal hairs. The consequence is a pathogenic hypersensitivity, which occurs in the case of asthma on the bronchial system.
The role of environmental pollution
The geographical differences suggest that the western lifestyle is a major risk factor for the development of asthma, while certain types of air pollution (eg sulfur oxides) as well as poorer living conditions have little effect on asthma and allergy frequency. It is even suspected that simple living conditions tend to strengthen the body’s defense against asthma and allergies. Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and ozone, as well as particulate air pollutants contained in the air, appear to favor the development of asthma and allergies or to intensify already existing allergies.
Smoking and asthma
Smoking (active and passive) increases the risk considerably and is the most important single risk factor for asthma – emergence. Recent studies show that the risk of contracting asthma among young people from smoking is not only dependent on the number of cigarettes smoked, but also From the time that is regularly smoked. One must sometimes imagine that a 14-year-old student who smokes 2 years doubles his risk of developing asthma and if he smokes more than 10 zig smokes
YOGA FOR ASTHMA
According to the work of researchers who collected data from fifteen American studies, Indian and European, it seems that yoga for asthma is an effective means in reducing its symptoms . Yoga is a system that includes a physical and mental training, everyone can benefit without age restrictions. It include Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (art of breath control).
Yoga helps in the prevention of several diseases related stress , circulatory problems or even respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis. Asthma and bronchitis are the two chronic lung disease that can cause lung damage. These should be treated immediately to avoid any complications.
Yoga for asthma exercises including postures, breathing and relaxation techniques help you control your mind and your emotions, they make you more relaxed and allow you to breathe better. Yoga will also help your lungs work better and enhance airflow during asthma attacks.
The Asthmatic and Bronchitis patients must remember and do three thing to avoid asthma like daily practice of yoga asanas and pranayama that are selected , intake of proper and balanced diet, try to avoid taking excess stress & strain. Besides following this three rules continue your yoga for asthma practices.
Few Pose of Yoga for Asthma
Yoga had proved itself in curing many diseases because it has remedies for all the kinds of health disorder .Here are some yoga for asthma postures that will help you feel better and better control asthma and bronchitis. Keep in mind that yoga does not replace your treatment and medical monitoring.
Baddha-kona-ASANA – The Restrained Angle Pose,
Tada Asana – The Mountain Pose
Ushtra Asana – The Camel Pose
Matsya-Asana – The Fish Pose
Savasana – The Corpse Pose
Ardha-matsyendra-ASANA– The Half Spinal Twist Pose
Eagle Pose- Garudasana
Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Cat Pose – Marjaryasana
Camel Pose- Ustrasana
Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana or Nagasana
Triangle Pose – Trikonasana
Downward Dog Pose- Adho Mukha Svanasana
Akarna Dhanura Asana – The Shooting bows Pose
Sukhasana – The Easy Pose
The Lifestyles & Yoga
Your lifestyle has an important place in your therapy if you suffer from respiratory problems. A healthy diet can increase your resistance against cold, allergies and other chronic respiratory diseases.
According to yoga philosophy, a calm mind leads to regular breathing and a relaxed body. So, breathing exercises can definitely help people with asthma and bronchitis.