The Power of Pranayama


“Take five deep breaths through the nose before bed each night…”

As a child, I was diagnosed with chronic asthma (or assmar, as I lovingly referred to it as.)  I took up to three daily medications (Alubuterol, Combivent, Advair, Singulair, etc.) to control my breathing and prevent the dreaded “assmar attack.”  Even given this medication, I consistently found myself low on lung capacity and was subject to bouts of extreme respiratory strain; sometimes leading to hospitalization.

Despite the relative effectiveness of medication, I was constantly trying to avoid it.  I hated being dependent on drugs, and worried about the long term effects. In addition, the $40-60 a month was putting a hurt on the ol’ pocket book..  I took numerous breaks in my medication routine to see if I could manage.  Numerous attempts provided the same results- I couldn’t breathe.  I couldn’t breath, until I found yoga.

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