Breathwork for Asthma - The Asthma-Breathing Connection

May 26, 2024

Asthma is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and for those who live with it, the quest for better breathing can be a constant concern. It's not uncommon for individuals with asthma to believe that the key to improvement lies in taking larger inhalations, but in reality, it's the exhale that deserves our attention.


I wish more people were aware of this crucial aspect of asthma management. 


For many asthma sufferers, the sensation during an asthma attack is that of struggling to get enough air in. This overwhelming feeling often leads to an excessive focus on the inhale. 😮‍💨


However, there's a profound and often overlooked connection between asthma and the way we exhale. To effectively manage asthma symptoms, the first step is to gently enhance your ability to exhale fully.


Here's the secret: If you cannot fully exhale, you simply cannot fully inhale.


Asthma management isn't solely about expanding your lungs to their maximum capacity; it's about finding balance in your breathing patterns. By concentrating on improving your exhalation, you create more space for a complete and unrestricted inhalation.


But why does this matter? By enhancing your exhalation, you allow your lungs to expel stale air, irritants, and carbon dioxide more effectively. 


This, in turn, paves the way for fresh, oxygen-rich air to enter your lungs during the inhalation phase. It's a beautiful dance of balance that can significantly improve your asthma symptoms.


So, the next time you find yourself grappling with asthma-related breathing challenges, remember that it's not just about taking bigger breaths in. Instead, focus on the quality and efficiency of your exhalation. By gently opening up your ability to exhale, you're taking a crucial step toward better asthma management and improved overall well-being.


If you’re curious to dive deeper into breathing dysfunctions and embodying breathing practices that can support all aspects of your life - sleep, digestion, mental stagnation and more - AND you want to learn how to teach these breathing practices to others then we invite you to join our 35 Hour Trauma Aware Breath Coach Training. 


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With love,

Rachel x