Asthma, Pranayama and my practice


I’ve always had asthma and throughout the years doctors have told to use an inhaler.  I never did.    I’ve always been on the low end of normal with each lung capacity test I’ve taken.   But last year I flunked it – really flunked it.  My doctor told me I needed to use an inhaler.  Instead, I increased my Pranayama practice to 3 times per day, focusing on Ujjayi and Viloma Pranayama stages I & II.  In addition, I increased the difficultly and frequency of my hiking treks.  

Today at the age of almost 53, I not only passed it, but I have the lung capacity of a healthy 39 year old.   To celebrate, I went snowshoeing.   I stopped and stood in the middle of the woods to practice Ujjayi  Pranayama with my eyes closed  listening to the sound of the woods and my breath.  I stood there for a long time, then I made snow angels <3.




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About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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One Response to Asthma, Pranayama and my practice

  1. Supriti says:

    Yogis have suggested that pranayama cures almost all the diseases. For achieving holistic health follow the set of Seven Pranayamas as described at

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