Learning the Practice for Respiratory Health, Part2 for Experienced Beginner Level: Arms/ Shoulder Actions and Inversions
In this session we are covering head-down positions that also serve as alternatives to inversions.
Level: Experienced Beginner
Props needed: the sessions in this Short Course are all supported, and therefore, prop-intensive. Household objects like chairs, firm blankets, cushions may be used. For this session, we also use a sturdy hook/ window grill around which a strap can be looped.
This session is part if the Short Course Learning the Practice for Respiratory Health (Short Course; Level: Experienced Beginner)
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We start this session of the Short Course with a generic segment that sensitises/ activates/ warms-up the focus area – the thoracic area comprising the front, back and the sides.
The second segment of the session (starting 25th minute) goes into positions and actions that specifically benefit in case of respiratory discomfort.
All the sessions of this Short Course are meant for ‘learning’ – can be done when one is in good health to get an understanding of the principles. Respiratory illnesses can be of various types and intensities. During the acute phase of the illness, rest is important and asana practice should not cause further exhaustion. Start with the simplest prone and seated positions during the recovery phase, and gradually build up the practice as strength is re-gained.
For a practice that is suitable for beginners/ newcomers, work with the many short tutorials in the FREE Resources section of the Portal Respiratory Health (Short Course; suitable for newcomers) (FREE Resource)
For a practice specific to Covid 19 recovery, look at the Short Courses Covid-19 Recovery: A suggested yoga Program from the IY (UK) Therapy Committee (Course Level: Exp Beginner, Intermediate, Gentle)