Yoga Postures Help Asthmatics?
By Joy Abrams
In my thirty
years of teaching yoga I have found that asthmatic symptoms
have been eased through the consistent practice of yoga. The
practice of yoga needs to be done at least three times a week
for at least a half hour of time. Students need to be patient
and the rewards will outweigh the time spent doing the postures.
Those who practiced yoga postures with stretching, relaxation
techniques, and meditation reported to me to have a more positive
attitude, less panic associated with asthmatic symptoms, less
exercise induced lung spasms and decreased use of medication.
posture in particular seems to be most helpful. This posture
is the shoulder stand. In this posture the diaphragm muscle
is strengthened because it has to work against gravity. Doing
this posture in proper combination with the complete yoga
breath is an adjunct to conventional care. *Refer to The
Joy Of Yoga videotape for further information.