Yoga is one of the most common forms of exercise and is popular across the globe. It practiced by about 21 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Health. A review published just last month by the Cochrane Library suggests that individuals suffering from asthma could potentially benefit from introducing more yoga into their daily routine.

 

Yoga is best described as an exercise that combines the mind and body into a fluid motion, while focusing on posture, breathing, and even meditation to help with relaxation. Yoga has been said to also help with reducing anxiety, stress, depression, and even blood pressure.

 

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The Cochrane reviewed 15 randomised controlled trials from two weeks to over four years. The studies involved total of 1,048 men and women who suffered from mild to moderate asthma for at least six months to 23 years. The studies examined the effects of yoga on breathing, posture, and medication.

 

Lead author, Dr Zuyao Yang from the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong commented,

“Our findings suggest that yoga exercise may lead to small improvements in asthma quality of life and symptoms. However, it is unclear whether yoga has a consistent impact on lung function and we don’t yet know if yoga can reduce people’s medication usage, or if there are any side-effects of yoga for people with asthma.”

During the trials, there was evidence found in five different studies that supported the thesis that yoga exercise can help reduce the symptoms of asthma. There were improvements on lung function, reduced usage of medication, and improved the quality of the participants lives. However, further studies should be done before it can be said that there is a direct connection between practicing Yoga and gaining improvement on symptoms from asthma.

 

Interested in conducting your own experiment on yourself? Here is a quick 7 minute video that shows Yoga Poses that help with Asthma.

 

 

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