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Bronchitis Yoga Lesson Plan
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yoga pose MountainFeet hip width apart. Tuck chin in. Legs slightly bent . Shoulders back and down.
Alternatives: Samashthiti (feet together).
Sanskrit: Tadasana
Benefits: Improves posture. Strengthens legs. Engages core.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/nwiyZSmfpWY?rel=0
Modifications: Hands in prayer behind back. Eyes closed.
Precautions : Pregnant.
yoga pose Mountain Arms Up 1Feet hip width apart. Tuck chin in. Legs slightly bent. Shoulders back and down. Raise arms level with shoulders.
Alternatives: Samashthiti (feet together).
Sanskrit: Tadasana (arms to side)
Benefits: Improves posture. Strengthens legs and arms. Engages core.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/nwiyZSmfpWY?rel=0
Modifications: Helicopter (twist).
Precautions : Pregnant.
yoga pose Mountain Arms Up 2Feet hip width apart. Tuck chin in. Legs slightly bent. Shoulders back and down. Raise arms overhead.
Alternatives: Samashthiti (feet together).
Sanskrit: Tadasana
Benefits: Improves posture. Strengthens legs and arms. Engages core.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/nwiyZSmfpWY?rel=0
Modifications: Helicopter (twist).
Precautions : Pregnant.
yoga pose Standing BackbendStart in Mountain. Place palms on low back, fingers point down. Squeeze thighs and buttocks. Press hips forward and arch torso back. Gaze forward. Use arms to support weight. Keep legs and buttocks engaged. To release keep legs, buttocks and arms strong.
Sanskrit: Anuvittasana
Benefits: Stretches sides of torso, spine. Stimulates abs.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/bZPFVITAUVs?rel=0
Modifications: Drop head back.
Precautions : Back or neck injury.
yoga pose Flow End
yoga pose Fish 1Put bolster to side. Lie on back. Bring feet close to buttocks. Lift hips. Slide bolster under back. Allow shoulders to descend. Let head touch floor. Reach arms up and behind. Fold arms so hands touch elbows. Relax face. Release on exhale by bringing arms to side.
Benefits: Awakens spine. Increases lung capacity, metabolism.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5F_I7Skf_4U?rel=0
Modifications: Blanket under head.
Precautions : Back injury.
yoga pose Fish 2Sit in front of bolster and block. Rest upper back on bolster and place head on block. Rotate shoulders open. Feel shoulders descending to mat. Breath into upper body. On exhale extend arms up. Let palms touch.
Benefits: Strengthens arms.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/7-5TCofaLbg?rel=0
Precautions : Back injury.
yoga pose Fish 3Put bolster and block to side. Lie on back. Feet to buttocks. Lift hips. Slide bolster under lower back. Shoulders to descend. Head touches floor. Take block in hands and lower behind. Feel middle of spine stretching. Hold. Return.
Benefits: Awakens spine. Increases lung capacity, metabolism.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5F_I7Skf_4U?rel=0
Modifications: Blanket under head.
Precautions : Disk injury.
yoga pose Flow End
yoga pose Shoulderstand HalfLie on back. Lift hips off floor. Raise legs over and beyond head. To release, bring arms back along side body and engage abdomen as you gently roll each vertebrae to floor until hips rest on ground.
Alternatives: Full shoulderstand. Legs up wall.
Sanskrit: Ardha Sarvangasana
Benefits: Soothes nerves. Balance.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/PH1wFSl8MEk?rel=0
Modifications: Use strap. Folded blanket under shoulders.
Precautions : HBP. Neck or back injury. Pregnancy. Glaucoma.
yoga pose PloughFrom Shoulderstand bend from hips to lower toes to floor beyond head. Torso perpendicular to floor. Legs fully extended. Toes on floor. Soften throat. Press hands against back. To release place hands on back and lift into Shoulderstand. Roll onto back.
Alternatives: Half or full shoulderstand.
Sanskrit: Halasana
Benefits: Stimulates abs, thyroid gland. Stretches shoulders, spine.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ClE1necHjUs?rel=0
Modifications: Stretch arms behind.
Precautions : HBP. Neck injury.
yoga pose Flow End
yoga pose Camel Hands On HipsKneel. Rest hands on back of pelvis. Point fingers down. Lean back and feel the chest opening. Gaze up.
Alternatives: Camel pose.
Sanskrit: Ardha Ustrasana
Benefits: Stretches ankles, thighs, groin, abs, chest, throat, psoas.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/-xfxwRTobUM?rel=0
Modifications: Palms against soles.
Precautions : High or low blood pressure. Back or neck injury.
yoga pose Baby CamelKneel. Raise buttocks. Keeps slightly separated. Raise arms sideways (shoulder level). Lower right hand to left heel (slight twist) and left hand in front (gaze at raised hand). Chin near sternum. Repeat on other side.
Alternatives: Camel.
Sanskrit: Ardha Ushtrasana
Benefits: Stretches ankles, thighs, groin, abs, chest, throat, psoas.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/zEQXV3dDmQ8?rel=0
Modifications: Palms against soles.
Precautions : High or low blood pressure. Back or neck injury.
yoga pose CamelKneel. Rest hands on back of pelvis. Point fingers down. Lean back. Chin near sternum. Press palms against heels. Elbow creases face forward. To exit bring one hand at a time to hips. Lift head and torso by pushing hip points down.
Alternatives: Half Camel Pose (one hand on heel).
Sanskrit: Ustrasana
Benefits: Stretches ankles, thighs, groin, abs, chest, throat, psoas.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/-xfxwRTobUM?rel=0
Modifications: Palms against soles.
Precautions : High or low blood pressure. Back or neck injury.
yoga pose SphinxLie on belly. Legs together. Buttocks firm. Legs active. Elbows under shoulders. Forearms on floor. Lift upper torso and head up.
Alternatives: Crocodile. Locust.
Sanskrit: Bhujangasana
Benefits: Stretches chest, shoulders, abs. Firms buttocks.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/j-JXAdOUfLQ?rel=0
Precautions : Back Injury. Headache.
yoga pose CobraLie face down. Feet together. Toes pointing behind. Hands flat on floor by rib cage. Lift chest. Gaze forward. Modifications include: Cobra with folded blanket under hips. Cobra with one leg raised. Cobra with two legs raised. Cobra with one arm raised in front. Cobra with two arm raised in front. Cobra with one arm raised to side. Cobra with two arms raised to the side. Cobra on elbows. Cobra with both hands behind head. Revolved cobra. Striking cobra (extended child to cobra). Chair cobra (seated backbend). Baby cobra (don’t lift chest all the way up).
Alternatives: Sphinx. Crocodile.
Sanskrit: Bhujangasana
Benefits: Supple spine. Strengthen palms, wrists, toes.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/wSgmClfQBrc?rel=0
Precautions : Pregnancy. CTS. Back injury.
yoga pose Cobra (leg up)Lie face down. Feet together. Toes pointing behind. Hands flat on floor by rib cage. Lift chest. Gaze forward. Raise left leg. Hold. Lower to mat. Raise right leg. Hold. Lower to mat. Repeat.
Alternatives: Sphinx. Crocodile.
Sanskrit: Bhujangasana
Benefits: Supple spine. Strengthen palms, wrists, toes.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/wSgmClfQBrc?rel=0
Modifications: Blanket under hips. 2 legs up.
Precautions : Pregnancy. CTS. Back injury.
yoga pose Flow End
yoga pose ConfidenceSit legs crossed. Bring hands as far as you comfortably can behind back. Fingers touching floor.
Alternatives: Lotus. Hero.
Sanskrit: Sukhasana
Benefits: Counter to seated poses.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/zLvJD7iKVhw?rel=0
yoga pose Easy Arms Up ISit with legs crossed. Lower knees. Lengthen spine by stretching back up. Raise arms overhead. Tip head back. Gaze up.
Alternatives: Hero. Perfect. Lotus.
Sanskrit: Sukhasana
Benefits: Flexibility in hips, spine. Engages core.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/JJ6yY3LV01s
Modifications: Bring elbow flat on floor. Look up or down.
Precautions : Knee injury.
yoga pose Complete BreathSit with legs crossed. Close eyes. Inhaling slowly through nose. Feel abdomen, mid-body, and upper chest gently expand until you fill your lungs. Exhaling slowly through nose, gently empty lungs fully (feel belly button reaching to spine).
Benefits: Calming.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QyR77wEJ_Fw?rel=0
Is it safe to practice yoga if you have Bronchitis? 

Yes. Whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis, you can benefit from a gentle yoga practice.The yoga poses recommended in the downloadable lesson plan (see above) will help ease the symptoms. Like all good Yogis, be aware of your body so that you don't overdo it.

It wouldn't, however, be safe to practice yoga (or do any exercise) if you are having repeated bouts of bronchitis. That means you might have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention.

What poses help ease the symptoms of Bronchitis? 

Gentle chest openers, inversions, and breathing exercises help ease the symptoms of bronchitis. These include:

What is Bronchitis? 

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discoloured. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.