Yoga poses can swiftly calm, ground, and bring you into your body. This particular pose stretches your spine, giving your lungs a chance to fill and empty to their full capacity.
Yoga may help in several ways. For one, it reduces stress, which can aggravate asthma. For another, it emphasizes breath control. Last, the exercise helps condition the heart and lungs. Some studies show yoga and progressive muscle relaxation improve asthma.
Warning: If you have knee problems or feel any pain during this pose, stop.
What You Need
- A clean mat or rug
How it’s Done
1Start on your hands and knees. Align your body so that your shoulders are directly above your wrists and your hips are above your knees.
2Breathe in slowly and deeply breathe out slowly; expelling as much air as possible.
3Move your hands forward a few inches (centimeters) along the floor.
4Move your buttocks halfway back toward your heels while your hands remain in the same place.
5Drop your forehead down to the floor and relax your neck.
6Push your hands forward, fully stretching your arms. At the same time, move your hips back to hover just above your heels (this stretches the spine).
7Breathe normally; feeling your spine stretch.
8Maintain the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
9Bring your buttocks down to rest on your heels. Relax.