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Yoga asanas for asthma, weak immunity and indigestion in children!

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Yoga asanas for asthma weak immunity and indigestion in children

Yoga is not just a fitness regime it is a way of life. Introducing the child to yoga at an early stage has it benefits. Yoga helps in developing concentration, fearlessness, sense of accomplishment, focus and is quite enjoyable at the same time. Today we will discuss yoga asanas for asthma, building immunity and indigestion in children. Before we start, it is important to stress on the fact that these techniques should be practiced in the presence of a trained yoga instructor. In addition, please remember though yoga may help with these issues, it is not a miracle worker or a replacement for medication.

1. Asthma

Considering the rising levels of pollution in the air, asthma is becoming quite common in young children. Asthma is a condition that affects a person’s breathing. A child with asthma wheezes (make a whistling sound), coughs, and feels tightness in the chest. The deep breathing exercises in yoga helps us to use our lungs to their maximum capacity and also help us to learn breathing correctly. Yoga poses that helps relieve symptoms of Asthma:

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril breathing) – This breathing technique is good for children with asthma, as it has a healing effect on many respiratory and circulatory problems.

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting half spinal twist) – This technique opens the chest, improves the supply of oxygen to the lungs, thus reducing the probability of asthma restricting your child.

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose) – Opens up the chest, lungs and encourages deep breathing

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog pose) – This pose helps in calming the mind, relieves stress and is good for people suffering from asthma and sinusitis.

Kapalbhati: Quite a powerful asana for strengthening your lungs, as you inhale more oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It is recommended for children with wheezing problems.

2. Weak Immune System

If your child has a weak immune system then the asanas mentioned here will surely help him or her. Experts say that by relaxing the nervous system, one can boost immunity. In order to build the immune system and improve sinus-related conditions, it is suggested that we focus on the thymus gland. Thymus gland is located in the chest and forms the central point of the immune system. Any posture in which we open the chest and breathe deeply stimulates the thymus gland and hence strengthens the immune system. The most beneficial Yoga postures for this purpose are:

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) – stimulates the thymus. It provides a boost of energy after a long day of sitting in the same position and is quite beneficial for children who sit for long hours in one position to study during exams.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) – Stretches and strengthens back and circulatory system; boosts overall health and immunity.

Setu Bhandasana (Bridge Pose) – Opens up lungs, heart, and upper body; stimulates thymus, thereby improving body’s infection combating potential.

3. Indigestion

Indigestion is another problem that may affect your child. Though they are young to understand the basic concept of indigestion, they definitely do relate to low energy level and high irritability. Yoga has proved to be quite beneficial during indigestion, as it not only strengths and tones but also increases the metabolism of our children preventing recurrence of the issue.

Paranayam - The breathing exercises involved in Paranayam control and increase the oxygen intake which not only augments creation of new cells but also relieves the body of chronic pain. Increasing oxygen absorption in the blood will make the body feel more energetic.

Halasana (Plow Pose): This not only relieves constipation, stomach disorders but controls obesity, diabetes and blood pressure.

Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose) - Helps the body get rid of the accumulated gas in the digestive tract relieving the pain. It is also said to control hyperacidity and regulate bowel movements.

Naukasana (Boat Pose) - Is also a recommended posture which aids digestion, as it strengthens pancreas.

These postures of yoga not only help the body in better digestion, it also makes the muscles of the intestine strong and rigid.

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| Jun 22, 2017

Which is the right age to start yoga?

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| Jun 21, 2017

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| Jun 21, 2017

Thanks for useful suggestion

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Komal Gyani

| Jun 21, 2017

thank u for useful post

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Sreelatha Rajashekar

| May 18, 2017

Thank you very useful information

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| May 12, 2017

can you please post pics of the aasanas

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Mansi Sadhwani

| May 04, 2017

send the pictures of asan

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| Jan 29, 2017

Pls send pics of all asanas.

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Priya Shah

| Dec 06, 2016

ya even I too agree yoga is too good for each and every person let it be a kid or adult... in this polluted world we should teach and practice yoga to our kids and I believe we should also do along with them so that it becomes much healthier for kids too

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| Aug 11, 2016

very good post.. thanks

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Manisha Bubna

| Aug 05, 2016

pls send the pics of all the asanas

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Canisha Kapoor

| Jun 22, 2016

Hi Sasikala 3yrs is a perfect age to start learning yoga. Though there is no specific age criteria for learning yoga.

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| Jun 21, 2016

in which age for kids is right for learning yoga?

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rekha mary

| Jun 21, 2016

its very nice can you put some picture of that yoga

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| Jun 21, 2016

Useful blog. Thanks. Yoga does help in improving concentration besides having health benefits.

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