Best yoga poses
Yoga has huge benefits for children with asthma. This article lists some of these benefits and lists specific exercises that children with asthma can perform to take advantage of these benefits.
Yoga teacher Proper breathing technique
Often asthmatics have bad breath or focus primarily on inhalation. Both tendencies cause problems. Yogic breathing, pranayama, teaches people how to properly use their diaphragm, chest, chest, throat, and nasal cavity to effectively transport oxygen to the body while fully releasing the carbon dioxide. Asthma sufferers often have to focus on exhaling so that the lungs can completely empty themselves before inhaling. Breathing exercises also strengthen the lungs, increase lung capacity and lung efficiency.
Yoga fights stress
Yoga is known for its anti-stress benefits. Yogic relaxation techniques help to synchronize mind and body. Tension is released and daily stressors are treated as the body releases and the individual accesses his inner experiences. Asthma sufferers are able to understand the emotional and physical triggers that can trigger an asthma attack and then avoid it. Self-confidence is greatly strengthened and the feeling of trust in your personal wisdom grows. This is extremely helpful for children with asthma as they have control over their mind, emotions and body.
Yoga ensures physical fitness
Many children with asthma reduce or refrain from physical activities because they fear that this will lead to an asthma attack. However, yoga allows for total body training without asthma-induced effects. Children can maintain a healthy body and mind and benefit from all the social interactions that result from physical fitness activities in the group. In addition, yoga is movement education where body and breath work together, which is of great benefit to asthmatics.
Exercises for asthma relief in children
Three types of yoga exercises are especially helpful when working with children with asthma.
- Breast openings increase the pulmonary space and improve posture. Back bowing postures such as cobra keeping, fish keeping, camel keeping and pyramid posture are effective chest openings.
- Particularly advantageous are poses that coordinate the movement with the breath. Standing in the attitude of a mountain and raising your arms above your head as you breathe in and lowering them to the sides as you exhale helps children to become aware of their breathing, rhythms and proper breathing.
- Twists such as simple separate turns or Marichiyasana III promote the length and flexibility of the spine. They help to tighten the side body and massage the internal organs while providing the right posture and movement with the breath.
- Observe the breath: Lying is corpse-keeping. Close your eyes and put one hand on your chest, the other on your stomach. Watch the breath. Feel it, listen to it. Is it rough, smooth, fast, slow, straight or uneven? Do not control the breath, just watch.
- Extend the exhale: Concentrate on breathing, to reduce the inhalation (not to swallow) and to prolong the exhalation. Count to make exhaling twice as long as inhaling. Be sure to use the diaphragm to stretch and contract the abdomen and lower lungs rather than using the chest and upper lungs. Continue for five minutes.
- Breathing with pursed lips: This exercise focuses on exhaling. Inhale gently through the nose. Exhale through pursed lips and blow out the breath in a steady stream. Do not push too far. Pause and then repeat. Keep the inhalation soft so that the lungs can gently fill from below. Exhale slowly and evenly and use the diaphragm to expel the air gradually. Younger children can benefit from a straw in a glass of milk or juice to visually see the effects of this exercise.