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asthma breathingBreathing exercises for asthma can help to lessen the severity of asthma attacks or help to stop them from happening in the first place. They help by giving the user better lung control and makes the lungs stronger.

We will be discussing 6 fantastic breathing exercises that are tested and proved to be the best of the best.

The Buteyko Method

The buteyko method works by increasing your lung capacity and consciously lowering how fast you breathe.  This method is backed by clinical  trials and studies proving it’s effectiveness.

How To Practice The Buteyko Method

  1. Find somewhere comfortable where you can relax and sit up straight. Focus on the relaxing your stomach and chest muscles.
  2. Tilt your head upward and close your eyes.
  3. Keep your mouth closed and slowly breathe through your nose and breathe very.
  4. Breathe out very slowly until you can feel all the air leave your lungs.
  5. Hold your breathe as long as possible and repeat the steps as needed.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

This is a very popular method because it is very simple to use. It is commonly referred to as “belly breathing.”

belly breathingHow To Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing

  1. Find a place you can relax, and you can sit up or lay down it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you are able to relax as much as possible.
  2. Focus on your breathing as much as possible.
  3. Breathe in through  your nose very slowly. (Your stomach should rise, if you are doing it right)
  4. Now exale very slowly (Your stomach should sink in as you exhale)
  5. Repeat

The Papworth Method

This method doesn’t work well for allergy or sickness based asthma. It works better with mouth breathing type of asthma problems.

How To Practice The Papworth Method

  1. Use diaphragmatic based slowed breathing through the nose.
  2. Adjust your breathing to the activity that you are doing.

Pursed Lip Technique

This method is used for people who are in the middle of an attack who don’t want to use an inhaler or who don’t have an inhaler. It works by getting rid of all the trapped air in the lungs and returning your breathing to normal.

How To Practice The Pursed Lip Technique

  1. Lay or sit somewhere that you can focus and be calm.
  2. Inhale very slowly through your nose.
  3. Breathe from your stomach area.
  4. Repeat as much as you like.

Progressive Relaxation Technique

This method uses shallow breathing to help gain control of the patients breathing.

How To Practice The Progressive Relaxation Technique

  1. Find somewhere you can lay down and relax and close your eyes.
  2. Slowly breathe in through your nose.
  3. Flex your right foot muscles for 30 seconds, and focus on the tension as you release the muscles.
  4. Continue to do the same thing for all parts of your body  hands,feet,arms,legs,shoulders,jaw,forehead, and chin. Do these all one at a time.
  5. When you are done you should feel warm all over your body, and feel free to stay in this relaxed state as long as you want to.

Yoga Based Breathing Techniques

In a study in 2009 they found out asthmatics who use yoga reduce the usage of their rescue inhaler by 43%. Also it is great for fitness and removal of stress. This is really great if you have exercise related asthma  (I have this type of asthma as well).

It isn’t strenuous so it won’t cause an asthma attack and will help prevent them, its a win win.

How To Practice Yoga Based Breathing Techniques

yoga breathingThere are many many types of yoga breathing techniques but this should get you started, feel free to sign up at a local yoga class for more.

  1. Sit comfortably
  2. stretch your arms out in front of you.
  3. Inhale and stretch your arms out (like a “T” or cross)
  4. Exhale and bring your arms back to the front of your body.
  5. Repeat 10 times and relax your arms.


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