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Free Downloadable Yoga For Asthma Lesson Plan


This Asthma yoga lesson plan was created by George Watts using the Drag & Drop Yoga Genie Planner.


Click Here To Download Yoga For Asthma Lesson Plan: Long Version

The long version has everything you need to practice the lesson plan before getting to class. You can take it to class with you (but you may prefer to take the short version). The long version is a great handout to give to your students, especially your one-to-one students. It immediately shows your professionalism and increases your expertise in the eyes of the student(s).

Click Here To Download Yoga For Asthma Lesson Plan: Short Version

The short version is perfect for taking into class with you. It’s short and sweat.

Click Here To Download Mountain Pose

Mountain (Tadasana) is a lovely pose to ease asthma because it’s a gentle chest opener, and is calming. Having good posture (chest open) is extremely important if you have asthma.


Video Of George Talking About The Yoga For Asthma Lesson Plan 



Q & A


Below are common questions people with Asthma may ask you before joining your yoga class, and possible responses…


“What are the main benefits of yoga for asthma?” 

  • Yoga reduces stress (especially slow paced yoga)
  • Significant improvement in lung function
  • Reduction in asthma symptoms

“Can yoga breathing exercises help asthma?” 

The key with breathing if you have asthma is to breath less. You want shorter inhales and longer exhales. One of the most popular breathing exercises for asthmatics is the Buteyko Method.

Buteyko Breathing Method

  1. Sit upright in a comfortable chair and relax.
  2. Close eyes and tilt your head slightly up.
  3. Gently, shallowly, and slowly breathe through your nose while keeping your mouth closed.
  4. Exhale slowly and fully until you feel your lungs have been emptied of air.

The  Buteyko Breathing Method can be used when you are having an asthma attack. Since asthma causes air to become trapped in your lungs, this may help you get more air out and may make breathing easier.

Breath Holds Method 

  1. Take a small inhale
  2. Exhale through nose (pinch nose with fingers and thumb)
  3. Hold breath for 3 to 5 seconds
  4. Resume normal breathing for 10 seconds
  5. Repeat until symptoms pass

“Can Yoga cure asthma?”

Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. The goal of yoga for asthma is to control the disease. Yoga can help ease chronic and troublesome symptoms such as attacks, coughing and shortness of breath.

“Can I practice yoga if I have severe asthma?”

For many asthma sufferers, physical exertion and vigorous exercise can trigger asthma symptoms. But lack of exercise is not good for anyone. If you have severe asthma you can practice gentle yoga (slow movements or yin).

“Can Yoga cause exercise induced asthma?”

If you have severe asthma and practice advanced vinyasa yoga such as Ashtanga yoga, you have a higher chance of experiencing exercised-induced asthma. Exercised-induced asthma is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs that is triggered by strenuous exercise. It causes shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and other symptoms during or after exercise. If you have moderate to severe asthma, it’s best to practice a more gentle form of yoga.

“How long should I practice yoga for?”

That depends on what type of asthma you have (intermittent, mild, moderate or severe). A daily 15 minute yoga practice will reduce your chances of an asthma attack. And if you feel OK after 15 minutes, you can gradually add more minutes to your practice.

“Is meditation good if I have asthma?” 

Yes. A few minutes spent meditating will help calm your mind.

“What are the best yoga poses for asthma?” 

A gentle yoga practice with slow movements that help open your chest (which helps breathing) such as: abdominal breathing, bow pose, camel pose, corpse (savasana), crocodile pose, downward facing dog pose, fish pose, headstand, lotus pose, mountain pose, sphinx, and shoulderstand.

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Ashtanga Yoga

Supta Padangusthasana A

All the Ashtanga Primary Series poses are included in the Planner including: 

  • Surya Namaskar A poses
  • Surya Namaskar B poses
  • Padangusthasana
  • Pada Hastasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
  • Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • Parivritta Parsvakonasana
  • Prasarita Padottanasana
  • Parsvottonasana
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Uttanasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Virabhadrasana I
  • Virabhadrasana II
  • Dandasana
  • Paschimottanasana
    Purvottasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
  • Trianga Mukaikapada Paschimottanasana
  • Janu Sirsasana
  • Marichyasana
  • Paripurna Navasana
  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • Garbha Pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Upavista Konasana
  • Supta Konasana
  • Supta Padangustasana
  • Ubhaya Padangustasana
  • Urdvha Mukha Paschimottanasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Urdvha Dhanurasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Savasana
  • Salamba Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Urdvha Padmasana
  • Pindasana in Sarvangasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Uttana Padasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Balasana
  • Baddha Padmasana
  • Yogimudrasana
  • Padmasana
  • Tolasana
  • Savasana

Bandhas

Bandas

Bandhas Include: 

  • Chin Lock (dynamic)
  • Chin Lock (passive)
  • Root Lock
  • Upward Abdominal Lock

Bolster Yoga

Bolster Yoga

Bolster Yoga Poses Include: 

  • Bike Ride
  • Bolster Chat
  • Bolster Creation
  • Bound Angle
  • Bound Angle (strap)
  • Bridge 1
  • Bridge 2
  • Bridge 3
  • Child
  • Easy Pose
  • Fish 1-6
  • Hero
  • Knee To Chest
  • Leg Lift
  • Legs Up
  • Legs Up Wall
  • Pigeon 1-3
  • And many more!

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga Poses Include: 

  • Ab Breath
  • Ankle Curl
  • Arm Circles
  • Arm Lift
  • Arm Stretch
  • Arms Out
  • Arms Up
  • Backbend
  • Big Toe Hold
  • Bow
  • Breathwork
  • Bridge
  • Calf Raise
  • Centering
  • Chest Opener
  • Clam
  • Desk Posture
  • Down Dog
  • Flying Crane
  • Forward Bend
  • Grounding
  • Half Fold
  • Ham Lift
  • And many more!

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga Poses Include: 

  • Anjal Crown Chakra
  • Body Drops
  • Jnana Energy Focus
  • Lotus Arm Stretches
  • Neck Rolls
  • Ong Namo Guru Dev Name
  • Sat Nam 3rd Eye
  • Sat Nam Heart Chakra
  • See Saw Breath
  • And many more!

Laugher Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga Games Include: 

  • Alien
  • Association
  • Ball Throw
  • Balloons
  • Clap Focus
  • Count To 20
  • Credit Card
  • Filleting
  • Freeze
  • Greetings
  • Ha
  • Halloween Monster
  • Heart Circle
  • Hello
  • High Fives
  • And many more!

Mantras

Mantras

Mantras Include: 

  • Aham Brahma Asmi
  • Aham Premal
  • Ang Sang Wahl
  • Cosmic
  • Gayatri
  • Jat Paahaaraa
  • Lord Shiva
  • Mahamrityunjay
  • Mangalam
  • Moola
  • Namaste
  • Om
  • Om Aim Hrim
  • Om Dum Durgayei
  • Om Gum Ganapateyie
  • And many more!

Xtras

Xtras

The Xtras category include for want of a better word, "extras" that make lesson planning that little bit easier. For example there is a X2 icon that you can use if you want to repeat the pose or sequence twice, there are breathe in and out icons, there are Sun Salutations A, B & C icons. There are lots more time saving icons.

Meditations

Meditations

Meditations Include: 

  • Awareness Of Your Gifts
  • Blue Force Field
  • Caged Bird
  • Celtic Seer
  • Crying Child
  • Destiny
  • Empty Cup
  • Follow Your Path
  • Golden Birds
  • Karmic Laws
  • Lao Tzu
  • Little Actions
  • Mandala
  • Mandala Talk
  • Mind Massage
  • And many more!

Mudras

Mudras

Mudras Include: 

  • Aakash
  • Adhi
  • Anjali
  • Apan Vayu
  • Apana
  • Asthma
  • Atmanjali
  • Bhairav
  • Bhramara
  • Bodhisattva
  • Brahma
  • Bronchial
  • Chin
  • Dhamachakra
  • Dhyani
  • Figa
  • Ganesha
  • Garuda
  • Gyan
  • Hakini
  • And many more!

Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga Include: 

  • Boat
  • Bow
  • Bridge
  • Camel
  • Child
  • Cobra
  • Confidence
  • Dead Bug
  • Downward Facing Dog 1
  • Downward Facing Dog 2
  • Engage Core
  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Knee To Chest
  • Lunge
  • Lying Twist
  • Plank
  • And many more!

Pranayama

Pranayama

Pranayama Exercises Include: 

  • Abdominal Breath
  • Alternate Nose Breath
  • Alternate Nose & Ujjayi Breath
  • Bellows Breath
  • Breath Counting
  • Breath Of Joy
  • Compassion Breath
  • Complete Breath
  • Dolphin Breath
  • Extended Exhale
  • Fire Breath
  • Humming Bee Breath
  • And many more!

Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation Exercises Include: 

  • Blue Bubble
  • Breathe In Positive
  • Counting Down
  • Dolphin
  • Glass Of Water
  • Palming
  • Pavlov
  • Peace Room
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Savasana 1-3
  • And many more!

Seated & Floor Poses

Seated Yoga

Seated & Floor Poses Include: 

  • Ankle Rotation
  • Archer
  • Bananasana
  • Bharadajasana Twist
  • Boat
  • Bound Angle
  • Bow
  • Bridge
  • Bridge Wall
  • Bridge Block
  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly Twist
  • Camel 1-4
  • Cat
  • Cat Pulling Tail
  • Child 1-2
  • Cobra 1-4
  • Confidence
  • Cow 1-3
  • Cow Face 1-3
  • Cradle Baby
  • And many more!

Standing Poses

Standing Poses

Standing Poses Include: 

  • Bird Of Paradise
  • Bound Extended Side Angle
  • Bound Triangle
  • Chair 1-3
  • Crescent Lunge
  • Crescent Moon
  • Dancer 1-2
  • Dolphin
  • Downward Facing Dog 1-8
  • Eagle
  • Extended Hand To Big Toe 1-2
  • Extended Side Angle 1-3
  • Extended Triangle
  • Fig Tree
  • Figure Four
  • Five Pointed Star
  • Forward Bend
  • Goddess 1-6
  • Half Moon Bound Revolved
  • Half Moon Bow
  • Half Splits
  • And many more!

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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