About Yoga for Asthma

Asthmatics, and in fact most stressed people, suffer a range of breathing problems – from shallow, high-chest breathing to breath-holding and over-breathing. Yoga and pranayama, or yogic breathing techniques, are useful asthma treatments. Pranayama brings awareness to your breathing, and enables you to cultivate new habits that can improve your lung capacity and increase oxygen supply. Clinical studies show that yoga can lead to improvements in PEFR (peak expiratory flow rate), VC (vital capacity) and FVC (forced vital capacity). As poor breathing habits can in themselves cause stress, improving breathing habits through yoga, pranayama, meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress levels, improving feelings of wellbeing and quality of life.

What the clinical studies say


  • 20% improvement in in mean forced expiratory volume Improvement in PEFR, VC, FVC, FEV1, FEV/FEC %, MVV, ESR and absolute eosinophil count 
  • Improves mood 
  • Improves quality of life 
  • Improves wellbeing 
  • Increase in exercise tolerance 
  • Reduced drug requirements 
  • Reduced symptoms score 
  • Reduces bronchoconstriction (EIB) 
  • Reduces weekly number of asthma attacks 
  • Significant increase in the pulmonary functions

  • Improves quality of life 
  • Stress reduction