Asthma results in shortness of breath and chest tightness. Inflammation of air ways and difficulty in breathing make you uneasy and anxious. Effective modern medical treatments and even quick relief medicines are available for asthma yet natural treatments such as yoga provides long term relief. Practicing certain yoga hand gestures regulate oxygen intake, prevent bronchial spasms, treat congestion and ease breathing. Each finger representing an element in the universe is brought in contact with the thumb to bring a balance. Therefore, diseases caused due to imbalance are cured. The five fingers that represent five elements is Thumb – Fire, Middle – Aakash, Index – Air, Little – Water and Ring – Earth. Read on to know how to practice them.
Here Are The Yoga Mudras For Asthma:
Position your hand in front of you and bend the elbows. The left palm should face outwards and right palm should face inwards. Bend all the fingers and hold the left fingers with right fingers (keep the fingers bent). Leave the thumbs free. Breathe in and position your hands straight to your chest and try to pull the hands, holding the grip, against each other. Breathe out and relax the hands. Repeat the same in a sequence for some time. This will relax the bronchial tubes and improves blood circulation.
Hand Gesture Using The Middle Finger And Thumb
Start with stretching the fingers. Join the tip of the thumb with the tip of the middle finger. Leave other fingers extended. Sit in padmasana while performing this mudra. This can be practiced anytime and every day. This mudra relieves congestion and improves breathing. This is beneficial for asthma patients.
Asthma Hand Gesture
Keep your hands close to each other in front of you. The wrists should touch each other. Fingers and thumbs should be placed away from each other. Middle fingers of right and left hand should be folded and held touching each other. The nails of both the middle fingers should be pressing against each other. The other fingers should be stretched straight. This is very effective for thwarting asthma attack.
Bronchial Hand Gesture
Keep your pinkie below the thumb (right at its base, and the ring finger juts above the thumb joint. Position the middle finger on the thumb pad. The index finger should be stretched straight. This mudra help dilate the bronchial tube and saves life in case of sudden attack. Performing this mudra on a regular basis helps avert asthma attack.
Thumb Hand Gesture
Interlock the fingers of left and right hand. The left thumb should be the top most part of the interlock and the pinkie of the right hand should be the bottom most part of the interlock. The right thumb should be kept raised and encircled by the thumb and index finger of left hand. Grasp the palms tight. This mudra helps relieve phlegm and clears congestion. This is beneficial for asthma patients during cold weather conditions. It relieves bronchial spasm and eases breathing.
Hand Gesture of Little and Ring Finger with Thumb
Sit in padmasana and close your eyes. Place your hands over your thighs and join the ends of your little finger, and ring finger with the tip of the thumb. The other fingers should be let free and extended. This mudra helps increase the lung capacity and energizes the whole body. It increases oxygenation and eases breathing.