With more than a million men and women being affected each lung cancer is reported to have the highest mortality rate in the world. It is the second most common type of cancer and causes 25% of all cancer-related deaths. Asthma is a very common respiratory disorder that affects almost 300 million people worldwide each year. As per reports published by World Health Organisation, there are around 250000 deaths from asthma annually.

Grand Master Akshar shared with HerZindagi that "poor air quality, dust, pollen, cold air, and allergies are some of the common triggers that cause asthma and related respiratory disorders. This can be an especially dangerous condition when children of a young age get affected by it. Yoga can help you to manage and reduce the symptoms of asthma."

Follow these simple poses suggested by him, after seeking a recommendation from your medical practitioner. Each pose should be held for 10-15 seconds and repeated 2-3 times. Make sure you practice under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor.

Vajrasana: Thunderbolt Pose


Kneel down and place your pelvis on your heels pointing your toes outward. Keep your heels slightly apart from each other. Place your palms on your knees facing upward. Straighten your back and look forward.

Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose


Lie down on your stomach and make sure that your palms are under your shoulders. Keep your feet together and toes should be on the ground. Inhale and lift your head, torso and shoulders up at a 30-degree angle. Your navel should be on the floor and your head should be tilting upwards your navel on the floor, broaden your shoulders and slightly raise your head upwards. Slowly bring your torso down with an exhale.

Ardha Chandrasana: Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana

Begin in Samasthithi with your feet together. Step back with your left leg and place your knee down. Extend your toes out and stretch your arms upwards. Align your right knee with your right ankle. Bend your upper body back to resemble half a moon but be gentle with the movement. Repeat the same with the other leg.

Hastha Uthanasana

Hastha Uthanasana

Begin by standing straight in Samasthithi. Keep your arms raised over your head and stretch upwards. Keep your head is in between your arms. Gently bend back. Keep your knees straight, eyes remain open.

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Pranayama Techniques

Please note that the practice of Pranayama techniques of Chandra Bhedi pranayama, and Surya Bhedi should be done in the Shant Gati. This needs to be done slowly especially by the beginners. 

The holistic science of Yoga is the key to your overall well being which includes both mental and physical health. Yoga can help improve your lung capacity thus preventing asthma and other lifestyle diseases such as cancer. The ancient science and art of yoga also builds up the body’s immunity, improving treatment and the healing process.

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