Best breathing exercises for asthma patients

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Even after having proper medication and taking doctor’s help, asthma patients often fail to notice even the slightest improvement in their health. Regaining normalcy, thus, is beyond the scope. However, certain yoga practices, when combined with breathing exercises, may help them recover to a considerable extent. These exercises help asthmatic patients to strengthen their lungs, without costing them any money or time.

Here we have listed three breathing exercises that are highly beneficial for patients suffering with asthma – even bronchitis:


Usually mispronounced as Prayanama in place of Pranayama, the breathing exercise allows practitioners to control their energy by helping them smoothen and normalize their otherwise erratic breathing pattern. What one needs to do is lie down, keep his back straight and open up his chest – or else, sit in the Lotus Yoga posture. Now, try to focus on your breath as it goes into your lungs through your nose. While inhaling and exhaling, concentrate your thoughts on the pattern your lungs are expanding. Try doing this yoga pose for 10-15 minutes for getting desired results.

Buteyko Method

Developed by Konstantin Buteyko, a Russian doctor, in 1952, the Buteyko method requires asthma patients to breathe through their nose during the asthma attack. Since deep breathing restricts your airways and thus, make subsequent breathing tougher than before, patients should take slow breaths through their nose instead of deep breathing.

Moreover, asthmatic patients should prefer breathing through nose rather than inhaling through their mouth and exhaling through nose. Even during sleep, patients should develop a habit of breathing through nose.

Chair Exercise

Conceived and developed by Angela Smyth, the chair exercise helps asthmatic patients improve their breathing. What a patient needs to do is sit on the floor and place his head, chest and arms on the seat of the chair. Next, while inhaling, your head should fall back and as you exhale, it should fall forward. Repeat it five times and for forcing the level of exhalation, say “ahh”.

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