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 Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​​
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1 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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