Yoga is a low impact, gentle and therapeutic form of exercise that is safe for people who have breathing difficulties. Yoga involves stretches that open up the lungs and help expand lung capacity and function.
When someone is suffering from breathing issues, one of the best things to do is slow down, stop, and take a deep full breath. Over time and with practice of slow, controlled breathing and movements, symptoms can lessen and you will find relief.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a beautiful breathing technique that helps calm the mind and body in just a few minutes. The breathing technique is called Nadi Shodhan, and it helps release blocked energy channels in the body, which in turn calms the mind. It is also known as Anulom Vilom Pranayama.
How to do it:
- Sit comfortably, cross-legged or in any seat that supports the spine. Press your right thumb in to your right nostril and breathe in through the left side. Close the left side with your pointer finger and breathe out through the right side.
- Repeat breathing in through the right and exhaling out the left. Continue going from side to side for eight to twelve cycles. Notice how it opens up both airways and helps you breathe evenly through both sides.
Alternate nostril breathing helps expand lung capacity and calms the nervous system...perfect for those who suffer with asthma or other respiratory issues.