Yoga & Asthma

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties. It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults’. NHS

Asthma tends to lead to high light breathing in the upper chest and oxygen absorption is reduced. Asthma attacks can leave you feeling panicky and worn out as there can be a feeling of not being able to catch breath which is both scary and difficult for your body. The main concern is anything that will restrict the airways or induce an asthma attack. Be careful with any pose that constricts your breathing or compresses your tummy area.


Yoga can help by:

  • Clearing the lungs
  • Increasing breath capacity
  • Increasing strength and stamina
  • Reduce anxiety and in turn, reduce chance of asthma attack


  • Take things gently and steadily whilst being aware of your breathing. This is excellent practice for everyone, with asthma you will be particularly tuned into your breathing and will be able to be guided by your breath.


  • Poses exercise caution with: forwards bends, plough, boat pose
  • Poses to avoid: kapalabhati breathing