Wednesday, 18 November 2015

World COPD Day

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  It refers to several conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Yoga can help with COPD.  Yoga stretches, in particular back bends and side bends help open up the chest cavity allowing for deeper breathing. 

The breathing techniques are especially beneficial for improving lung function by increasing the elasticity of the lungs and capacity of the lungs.  Try abdominal breathing.  To do this lie with your hands on your belly and direct the breath to the area under your hand.  You should feel your abdomen rise but do not force or strain.  As you breath out gently contract your abdominal muscles.  You might also want to try Alternate Nostril Breathing.  Please see 'Thank goodness it's Friday-Breathing practice to energize for the weekend' - http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/thank-goodness-its-friday-breathing.html

Yoga also triggers the relaxation response which helps you cope with the stress of the condition.

Namaste,
Janet x

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