General Information

Participating in Breathe Easy with COPD Yoga may help prevent you from going to the hospital because of a COPD flare-up or exacerbation. Even people with advanced lung disease can benefit from COPD Yoga.

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What Is The Respiratory System?

The respiratory system is the organs and other parts of your body involved in breathing when you exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.

  • Nose and Nasal Cavity
  • Mouth
  • Throat (pharnyx)
  • Windpipe (trachea)
  • Diaphragm
  • Lungs
  • Bronchial Tubes/Bronchi
  • Bronchioles
  • Air Sacs (alveoli)
  • Capillaries

Inhalation and Exhalation

As the bronchial tubes pass through your lungs, they divide into smaller air passages called bronchioles. The bronchioles end in tiny ballon-like air sacs called alveoli. Your body has about 600 million alveoli. The alveoli are surrounded by a mesh of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Here oxygen from inhaled air passes into your blood. After absorbing oxygen, blood goes to your heart. Tour heart then pumps it through your body to the cells of our tissues and organs.

Inhalation and exhalation are how your body brings in oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide. The process gets help from a large dome-shaped muscle under your lungs called the diaphragm. When you breathe in, your diaphragm pulls downward creating a vacuum that causes a rush of air into your lungs. The opposite happens with exhalation. Your diaphragm relaxed upward, pushing. on your lungs, allowing them to deflate.

Respiratory Treatments

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Registration Form

  • If at any time during the class, you feel discomfort or strain, gently come out of the posture. You may rest at any time during the class. It is important in yoga that you listen to your body, and respect its limits on any given day. I, the undersigned, understand that yoga is not a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. I should consult a physician prior to beginning any activity program, including yoga. I recognize that it is my responsibility to notify my teacher of any serious illness or injury before every yoga class. I will not perform any postures to extent of strain or pain. I accept that neither the instructor, or the hosting facility, is liable for any injury, or damages, to person or property, resulting taking of the class. Those under 18 years of age must have this form signed by a parent or guardian.


Inhaled COPD Treatment Therapies

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