Yoga is in a position to relieve asthma
Anxiety and emotional stress can trigger an
asthma attack and make it
harder to breathe once an attack is under way. A study published in the February
2002 issue of the medical journal Thorax, showed that a relatively new form of
meditation known as Sahaja Yoga, developed in 1970, appears to make
asthma attacks less frequent as well as less severe if practiced regularly.
"Saha" means 'with', "Ja" means 'born', "Yoga" means union with the
all pervading power of Divine love. It is a unique method of
meditation based on an experience called Self Realization (Kundalini
awakening) that can occur within each human being.
Through this process an inner transformation takes place by which
one becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced.
How it works
Scientists at the institute of respiratory medicine in Sydney,
Australia, divided 47 asthma patients into two groups. All the
participants were taking moderate to high does of inhaled steroids
to control their asthma, but still had symptoms from time to time.
Those patient in the first group practiced the yoga-based form of
mediation, which involves focusing on positive mental thoughts in
order to reach a state of ‘mental silence.’ The second group
performed non-yoga relaxation techniques, such as visualization and
progressive muscle relaxation.
People in both groups were required to attend weekly two-hour
sessions for four months and were also encouraged to practice the
techniques at home.
At the end of the study, standard lung tests showed that
patients in the yoga group displayed less airway
hyper-responsiveness, or twitchiness, than those in the
comparison group. This is important because hyper-responsiveness is
what cause tiny airway in the lungs to narrow in response to common
asthma triggers, such as pollen or dust. People in the yoga group
also showed improvements in mood and overall quality of life,
reporting that they felt less tense and less fatigued. Furthermore,
their airways responded more positively to their medications
than they had before. According to the researches, the yoga
technique helped every hit as much as inhaled steroids.
Relax the abdomen, allowing the lungs to fill with air. Do
not force the inhalation
Force the air out of your lungs by rapidly contracting the muscles
of your abdomen.
Although yoga might not prove to be a cure for asthma, but it can be excellent
way to manage the disease.
Click here ( http://www.sahajayoga.org/
), to learn more about Sahaja Yoga