We conducted a prospective observational study to evaluate the efficacy of yoga in poorly controlled severe asthmatic patients treated with maximal inhaled therapy and biologics. The objective of yoga was to improve breathing consciousness, exercising controlled ventilation with and without retention, abdominal breathing observation, improvement of inspiratory and expiratory muscles, opening of the chest, diaphragm exercises and relaxation. We measured exhaled nitric oxide, forced expiratory volume in one second, forced vital capacity, asthma control and quality of life questionnaires, anxiety and depression questionnaires before and after the tenth yoga course (performed twice a week). Half of the patients who were invited to participate to the study declined due to organization problems. Two patients were excluded due to bronchitis and arthralgia respectively. The analysis of the data from 12 participants revealed significant improvement in asthma control and asthma quality of life questionnaires and a reduction of anxiety.The regular practice of yoga in severe asthmatics insufficiently controlled despite maximal inhaled treatment and biotherapy seems to be an interesting complementary option to improve asthma control. Our results must be confirmed in larger randomized controlled trials.

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