Asthma is becoming a serious health problem all around the world due to the ever increasing pollution and various other factors. Nearly 2 crore people in countries like US alone suffer from asthma, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Asthma is caused by inflammation and constriction in the bronchial passages, making it difficult for the person to breathe. External factors like dust and fur can instigate an asthma attack. Thus aggravating internal anxiety and panic aroused due to it. When asthma attacks occur, the patient experiences an inability to catch breath which creates a fear that the heart will stop beating and the brain will not be able to bear the damage. This overwhelms the patient even more, creating a fear of the surrounding area where the attack occurred.
Corrective breathing method called Nitaai Breathing can lower stress hormone levels and decrease the activity in the body’s nervous system. It puts the patient in control of his or her body’s “fight or flight” response which is the physical defense mechanism that helps you flee from danger or fight it.
Nitaai Breathing is a form of deep corrective breathing exercise which consists of deeply inhaling and resonating the sound “Nitaai” very slowly whilst exhaling. While doing this, “Ni” is short, “taa” is long and “i” is short again. This has to be done for about 10 minutes a day initially, and to be gradually increased. There are no restrictions on where and in which posture one should do this.
Deep inhalations and simultaneous resonation of the sound “Nitaai” improves airflow to the lungs, and it helps one to remain in control of his or her breathing at the onset of an attack.
Due to the practice of Nitaai Breathing, one becomes aware of the trouble experienced in normal breathing as well as the panic and stress driven thoughts in the mind as a mere spectator. The healing effect of Nitaai Breathing keeps the mind objectively separate. By refusing to indulge in the thoughts or personally acknowledging the discomfort in breathing, one allows the phenomena to pass through, rather than encouraging it to aggravate. The increased flow of oxygen and time spent in a state of relaxation helps the mind and body to heal.