Benefits of Yoga for People with Asthma


By: Ana Margarita Olar|

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease. It can affect any age from children to older adult.  Though exercise is needed for natural relief of asthma, there is always the risk of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

This can worsen the patient’s condition rather than alleviating it.  Yoga, which is a form of stress-relieving exercise is being studied for its benefits to asthmatic patients.

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A Cochrane Review shows the results or randomized trials. There is evidence that practicing yoga might improve the quality of life of asthmatic patients. In Australia, there is evidence of symptomatic improvement on patients who undergo yoga training for 9 months.

A clinical trial at Jimma town Ethiopia, reveals this fact. There is a significant decrease in the number of asthma attacks on each of the yoga participant. There is also a decrease in the use of medications on each yoga participant.

Here are some yoga poses and their benefits for asthma:


A yoga pose that involves sitting on the floor with your legs crossed. Place your right hand on your heart and your left hand on your belly. This is a relaxing pose to relieve asthma. It focuses on breathing and controlling stress. It improves lung function.


This is a yoga pose that lying on your back. Place arms on your side. Your palms should drop open. It is also a relaxing pose to relieve asthma. It is good for breathing and stress management.


Lie on your back, bend your knees and lift your hips off the floor. This opens up the lungs, and thus great for relieving asthma.

Butterfly: (Badhakonasana)

Sit with your legs stretched and put your soles together. Drop your knees on each side; view your legs as two butterfly wings. This is also a relaxing yoga pose because it helps in stretching chest muscles. It also helps in facilitating blood circulation and relieves fatigue.

Forward Bend:

This pose also opens the lungs and other respiratory muscles to relieve asthma.

Straddled Splits:

This yoga pose relieves asthma by stretching respiratory muscles and opening up the lungs.

Upward plank pose: (Poorvottanasana)

This pose improves respiration, stimulates the thyroid gland, and strengthens arm muscles.

Corpse Pose (Shavasana):

End your yoga session with this pose. This brings the body into a meditative state and calms anxiety. A relaxed mind and body are essential in preventing asthma attacks.

These are some yoga poses that provides natural relief from asthma. Check these tips for other natural asthma remedies.