Equipment needed :
- Mobility and flexibility
- Airway clearance
- Lung function
- Breathing control
If you have cystic fibrosis, your physios have probably spoken to you about breathing control or diaphragmatic breathing. This is when you initiate your breath with your diaphragm so that your tummy rises as you breathe in, and falls when you breathe out.
This breathing pattern can easily change with stress and anxiety, chest pain, sputum retention and feelings of breathlessness. It's important to develop awareness of how you are breathing and to practice breathing control, as this is when we breathe most efficiently by ventilating lower portions of the lungs; it also helps with chest clearance.
In this video, Pamela will help you to tune into your breath through some yoga based breathing practices which will gently encourage a better breathing pattern.
Pamela's tips for this session:
"Try not to over think these exercises and don't worry if your mind wanders off... Just try and get comfy, clear your mind and observe your body"
Who this session is suitable for:
Anyone - we all benefit from checking in on our breathing pattern every now and then.
Benefits of this session may include:
You can do this lying on a bed propped up with pillows, lying on the floor with cushions or yoga props or sitting in a comfortable chair