Yoga to Cure Asthma

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Yoga poses such as the fish posture can assist with asthma symptoms. Ease your breathing using yoga techniques presented by a professional yoga instructor in this free video.

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Hi, this is Jeff from Light In Shining Armor Studio; Tampa Bay's Best of the Bay Yoga Teacher of the year 2010. And today, we're going to talk about Yoga for asthma. One of the best postures to help alleviate the symptoms of asthma is the Fish Posture. So, when coming into the Fish Pose, we start in the Corpse Pose lying on our back, feet are about a width of the mat apart, palms are facing up, you're breathing steady and you're relaxed. To come to the posture, you roll to one side of the body placing an arm under the body. Palms down, you roll onto that arm and you place the second arm under the body. Palms are flat, the tips of the thumbs and the forefingers are touching. You're going to inhale, bring the head and shoulders up slightly and as you exhale, you bring the top of the head to the mat. And what we're doing is imagine that you have a string attached to the center of your chest and it's at the ceiling and it's pulling your chest up. It looks as if she's resting on her head, but actually she is not resting on her head. She is resting on her elbows. So, that's very important, you want to take care of the neck. You can see how this can help with asthma because it's opening up the chest. You're breathing deep and op, is opening up the tracheal tubes, opening up the throat and slow steady deep breath. Some people experience tingling in their wrists or hands and that is normally because you're resting on your hands and not on your elbows. So, after you've held the position, to come out of the position, you're going to inhale, bring the head and shoulders up slightly; exhale the body to the mat and then release the arms. One of the things that I like to do is always give the back of the neck a counter stretch. So, bring your hands behind your head, gently lift the, the weight of your head in your hands and look at your feet. Turn to the left, turn to the right, turn center, then, exhale the body down and relax. And that's a demonstration of Fish Pose which has helped to alleviate the symptoms of asthma. And I'm Jeff at Light In Shining Armor Studio and we demonstrated the Fish Pose to help alleviate the symptoms of asthma. Thank you.


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