Stretching and meditating can do more than relieve stress. They can also help strengthen your ability to breath.
A new study shows practicing yoga two to three times a week can help asthma sufferers improve their symptoms.
Syracuse university researchers randomly assigned twenty asthmatics to yoga classes for two-and-a-half hours a week.
After 10 weeks, the group reported their symptoms improved 43 percent.
They were also able to cut back on their asthma medication.
The researchers say holding poses and focusing on deep breathing helped the group gain breath control and increase lung function.
They presented the study at the American College Of Sports And Medicine's annual meeting in Seattle.
Previous studies have also found yoga benefits asthma, but suggested practicing twice a day.