Difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, coughing and wheezing can be alleviated through practice of both yoga and pranayama. Back bending postures open the chest improving both lung and heart functioning. Practice upper back bends and chest opening postures if it is harder to exhale during asthma attacks. Practice forward bends and lower back bending poses if it is more difficult to inhale. Inverted postures drain excess mucus from the lungs and balance the immune system. Calming poses can be practiced with all types of asthma, but will be especially helpful for people with excess stress.
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