Pranayama for Asthma


As the pollution level in environment keeps dangerously rising, the number of asthmatic patients is increasing at an alarming rate. People from the elderly to the children are coming under the painful onslaught of asthma. Pranayama is beneficial as it helps energy channels of body open up with every cell of the lungs being recharged.



Science of Regulated Breathing

Energizes Lung, Removes Respiratory Tract Blockages

Asthma being related to breathing complications, pranayama may be immensely helpful as it is science of regulating breathing: slow and deep breathing with correct inhalation-exhalation ratio. Nadi-Shodhan and Anulom-Vilom Pranayama can reduce asthma unease by infusing energy into lungs and sweeping away blockages from the respiratory tract.

  • Recharges weak respiratory cells
  • Removes mucous from nasal path
  • Expels trapped harmful gases
  • Cleans nasal cavity naturally
  • Controls lungs’ inflammation


Need of Pranayama

Conscious Breathing Is Pranayama

Breath is life. We live because we breathe. But breathing is involuntary. We breathe without being conscious that we are breathing. But when we make it conscious, awareness added to it, breathing becomes pranayama.  When you regulate breath internally or externally, it clears the blocked energy channels in your body and lets prana or vital energy reach every part of your body, energizing and strengthening it.  Emotional imbalance worsens asthma. Pranayama strengthens your emotional being.

  • Normal breathing is involuntary
  • Pranayama is mindful breathing
  • Purifies respiratory organs
  • Controls chronic lung disease
  • Helps life energy reach all cells


How Pranayama Cures Asthma?

Halt Asthma’s Advance in Time

If you are standing on borderline, it is time to be alert. Timely intervention through yogasana and pranayama halts the advance of asthma. If you are a beginner, you should learn pranayama techniques along with Hatha Yoga asanas at a reputable yoga school.  Pranayama kriyas can arrest the factors that accelerate this chronic disease. What the Mount Everest climbers from Indian defence services have revealed is interesting. They said that pranayama helped them overcome shortness of breath while they were scaling the giant Himalayan peaks.

  • Yogasana & pranayama arrest asthma advance
  • Pranayamas neutralize accelerating factors
  • Also release long-accumulated stress
  • Mind made calm, breathing normalizes
  • Climbers do pranayama for normal breathing


Four Pranayama Kriyas Cure Asthma

Time-Tested Kriyas with Efficacious Results


  1. Kapal Bhati

Sit comfortably, back upright. Put your hands on knees with palms resting on them. Now fill your lungs with maximum air and start expelling air forcefully from both nostrils. Take rest and then start it again and continue till 20 rounds are completed. You should practice it early morning with empty stomach.


  • Clears lung’s air-passages
  • Cools airways inflammation
  • Relaxes lung, boosts its capacity
  • Improves blood circulation, digestion
  • Enhances kidney, liver, nerves



  1. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama

It comprises alternate breathing from both nostrils. Sit in a comfortable pose, keeping your shoulder loose and spine straight. Now place the left hand on your left knee, your palm kept open towards the sky. Put your middle and index finger between eyebrows. Closing the right nostril with right thumb, inhale through the left nostril slowly, deeply and rhythmically. Now, close the left nostril and inhale through the right nostril. See to it that you hold your breath at the end of both inhalation and exhalation. Practice 5-7 rounds or more as your lung capacity permits.


  • Removes mucous from body
  • Helps releasing stress
  • Clears breathing blockages
  • Massages respiratory organs
  • Balances breath naturally


  1. Bhastrika Pranayama

Sit in lotus pose or any ease pose. Inhale and exhale in rapid succession, forceful breath expulsion producing hissing sound. It involves rapid inhalation and exhalation, the ratio being the same with no retention of breath. Start with 10:10 ratio. It can also be done by alternate nostril breathing: inner/external retention with lock (bandha).


  • Removes blockages in nose, chest
  • Forceful breathing clears air-passages
  • Removes toxins, impurities
  • Controls sinus, bronchitis, asthma
  • Increases oxygen content in blood


  1. Abdominal Breathing

Lie flat comfortably on floor, in corpse pose. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other below ribcage. Inhale through nose. Feel the stomach rise with incoming air. Now exhale slowly and gently through your mouth. Make sure that breathing is natural and rhythmic. You must avoid forceful breath. You should practice abdominal breathing for 5-7 rounds initially.


  • Strengthens lungs
  • Regulates breathing
  • Removes tension
  • Increases oxygen in blood
  • Helps nutrients reach every cell


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