International Yoga Day 2019: Yoga Asanas for Asthma Patients to Lose Weight

Asthmatic patients and rigorous gym exercises don’t go well together. Some effective yoga asanas are apt for severely asthmatic patients looking to lose weight

Vani Malik
Written by: Vani MalikPublished at: Jun 15, 2019
International Yoga Day 2019: Yoga Asanas for Asthma Patients to Lose Weight

Increasing weight is one of the scariest nightmares for anyone to deal with. And, with medical ailments like asthma, it becomes challenging for anyone to resort to exercises and weight reduction activities. Asthmatic patients have several limitations when it comes to exercises for weight loss. In some cases, asthmatic people cannot even run on the treadmill for more a few minutes. Losing weight for asthmatic patients is an ordeal, and it is essential to look up for weight loss tricks for them. To deal with this woe, we have a very natural mode of exercise, which is yoga. Now, one can resort to several yoga postures that are not just for weight reduction but are backed with proper breathing movements to control this breathing ailment as well as the increasing weight. Following are some of the essential yoga poses for weight loss for asthma patients: 

Intercostal Breathing 

To get this asana right, stand straight. You right hands on the right ribs and the left on the left side. The hands should be placed in such a way that the fingers are kept in the intercostals space. With this, breathe deeply in and then out. Do it for a minimum of 10 times for breathing with the help of the intercostal muscles. This exercise helps in controlling the rapid breathing in asthmatic patients, bringing the body in motion for required weight loss. 

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The most important and known posture of all is Pranayam. For this, one has to sit in the sukhasana position with the palms on each knee. Once you get into the gyaan mudra, with your eyes closed, breathe in and out to get started. This posture is complete only when you have full concentration on your breathing. 

Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal breathing is essential for asthmatic patients looking to lose weight. For this yoga pose, place your hands on your navel while standing straight. Also, place your right palm on your left palm. After taking a deep breath, push your abdomen out to the maximum limit. While you breathe out, pull your stomach in. One can sleep comfortably with this exercise when facing difficulty in breathing. 

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This is the cross-legged meditation pose, which is in practice since ancient times. In virasana, your chest stretched out, knees together, with two bolsters placed on the floor, parallel to each other. Sit with your back upright to tone the hamstring muscles and also relieve your stiff joints. This asana is also known as the hero pose. It helps in keeping the knees healthy. 

Yog for Well-Being and Weight Management 

Now that you have read through this informative excerpt, practice yoga regularly and choose a time of the day dedicated towards this. Make sure that your postures are backed with proper breathing exercises to control any significant emergency related to asthma. Managing weight with this form of exercise is extremely easy for asthmatic patients just with a little bit of precision. 

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