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Thread: What does yoga do for you?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Jan 2014

    What does yoga do for you?

    i really want to try out yoga to relax after a workout, or even workout using yoga..
    where can i find videos like what do i search for, yoga workouts?
    and what does it do for you?
    does anyone do yoga on here? how does it feel?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
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    Sep 2013
    The few times I did yoga, it didn't do much for me. It was a nice stretch and got my heart and breathing rate up, but not really enough for what I'd consider a workout. Might be good for a cooldown after a workout, if you have the energy, though.

  3. #3
    I find yoga extremely effective for opening up my lungs. My teacher knows my issues, and is able to tailor her lessons so that I get the best stretching I can. Good luck!

  4. #4
    I really like yoga, but I am not sure it is ideal to help your lungs, since it is not very aerobic. That said it does wonders for your muscles and joints as you age, also it helps relieve stress which is important to overall health. Lastly, it does help with deep breathing which might help when taking other meds. Personally, I recommend any thing by Sara Ivanhoe. She keeps it pretty simple without all of the chanting stuff and odd music. She helps you focus on what is important. Just search for her name and Yoga. There are some videos on Youtube from various instructors including Sara Ivanhoe.

  5. #5
    I do yoga with my 6 yr old with CF. Her teacher focuses a lot on breath work. We do some thing called "fire breath" alot. Also there are some positions to help expand the lungs. Cobra I believe is one of them.

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    Mar 2012
    Ponytails you should have her do a video. I've tried to find a good kids one for both breathing and relaxation anxiety. And nothing!

  7. #7
    In my experience, yoga is a wonderful tool for managing CF. And certain styles of yoga can indeed be an aerobic, heart-pounding, mucus-expectorating (lol) activity! The website has many different styles and videos to choose from. However if you are just starting out, I would try to find an experienced teacher who can lead you down the path that's best for you. One who is certified in (or at least familiar with) "Restorative" yoga would also be beneficial. Best of luck!

  8. #8 is a site that I seen on a forum. It could have been here I can't remember. It has free videos I believe. I planned on trying it but haven't yet.

  9. #9
    I do yoga every Tuesday at my work. I believe it increases my lung capacity. I also believe it increases my endurance, strength, and reduces my stress level. All helpful things, CF or not

  10. #10
    I just started doing Yoga very recently as an attempt to get some exercise without hitting the gym or swimming. I enjoy swimming, but here in Maryland it's been more winter lately than spring, so it's a bit rough to try to want to swim indoors and then freeze to death (also worried about getting sick) going out to my car and such... without ranting too much about wanting a pool that's heated - I'll say that Yoga for me is very nice. I have a roku (which hooks up to a tv) and found a free yoga channel that had an hour long yoga workout that was very helpful to me. The tricky part for me is the whole breathe in - breathe out parts, I find it that I breathe in about normally, but i have to actually try to breathe out slowly to attempt to follow their breathing patterns. I have found that doing it at home allows me to pause or take more breaths and labor my breathing intentionally which allows me to stop and cough up mucus or try to breathe more during the different positions. I find yoga to be a nice change from the average workout and am trying to incorporate it in my daily regimen. Hope this helps

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