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YOGIC BREATHING EXERCISES FOR ASTHMA

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Rabbit breathing Kneel on the ground, sitting back on your heels. Rest elbows and hands flat on the floor pointing forward. Stick out your tongue and pant quickly like a rabbit. Use the rib cage to breathe. Continue for 20 breaths.

Rapid abdominal breathing Relax your face, neck and shoulders. Exhale forcibly, using your abdomen, and inhale passively by relaxing it. Repeat, letting your abdomen go in and out rhythmically and quickly. Start with three sets of ten breaths, one every two seconds. Relax for 20 seconds between each set. Increase number of breaths once you have mastered the technique.

Alternate nostril breathing Hold one nostril closed and breathe slowly and deeply with the other nostril. Change nostrils, concentrating on breathing into the lungs.

Sectional breathing Inhale by letting your abdomen bulge and exhale by drawing it in. Breathe slowly and deeply. Keeping chest and shoulders still, inhale by expanding your rib cage and exhale by slowly releasing your ribs. Then, keeping your abdomen and rib cage still, breathe in and out by allowing your shoulders to move up and down.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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