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Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist) To Relieve Asthma

By: Mona Verma

Asthma is, as you all know, a chronic disease which directly affects your airways. The main task of your airways is, it's a tube which carries the air in and out of your lungs.

In case of asthma, these tubes become sore and swollen. Things become worse when asthma keeps increasing and you start getting allergic to a few things.

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As a result, you will be able to inhale less air and you'll start feeling congested. You may feel like coughing a lot, have chest congestion, shortness of breath and wheezing in asthma.

Not necessarily, you'll face such symptoms to signify that you are asthmatic. It's basically based on your lungs test, your medical history or any other allergy test to confirm that you are suffering from asthma.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Now, if you go to the doctors, they burn holes in your pocket and give you certain puff types of an inhaler. Just leave all this apart.

YOGA is the best answer to cure this disease; and if done religiously, the condition can be completely eliminated as well.

This pose helps to cure asthma by increasing the oxygen supply to the lungs.

This pose has also been originated from the Sanskrit term "Ardha" which means half; "Matsyendra" which means king of the fish, in which "matsya" means a fish and "Indra" means the senses.

Have a look at the step-wise procedure and the benefits of this asana if performed regularly.

Step-By-Step Procedure To Perform The Asana

Step 1. Keep your legs straight and sit with your legs stretched, with your feet together and spine absolutely erect.

Step 2. Then, bend your left leg and keep the left heel besides your right hip.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Step 3. Get your right leg under your left knee.

Step 4. Keep your right hand over your left knee and right hand should be behind you.

Step 5. Just twist your waist, neck and shoulder towards the opposite side, from which you began the pose. Look backwards in the same direction.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Step 6. Keep your spine erect.

Step 7. Stay in this position for at least 60 seconds or as you feel comfortable initially.

Step 8. Now, exhale. And release your back hand first, followed by your waist and finally the neck. Sit straight for a while and then get up.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Step 9. Repeat the same with the other foot twisting in the opposite side.

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Benefits Of This Asana

• Improves appetite

• Gives relief from menstrual discomfort

• Stimulates and strengthens the spine

• Stretches the shoulders and hips

• Helps in stimulating the liver and kidney

• Helps in gaining flexibility


Those with a spinal or any body injury must refrain from performing this asana until the injury is healed completely.

Story first published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 11:35 [IST]
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