Thursday, May 3, 2007

Structured Home Exercise

Good afternoon and what a beautiful day it is!

This post will talk about a home exercise without using any type of exercise device. We will get to those type of devices in a later post. Enjoy!!!

A structured home exercise that I would recommend is Yoga training. Yoga Training videos developed by Dr. Vijai Sharma are excellent. Dr. Sharma is a Clinical Psychologist and credential Yoga teacher with a special interest in COPD. I also need to mention that Dr. Sharma has Emphysema himself. Dr. Sharma has developed two training videos "Stretching Breathing Exercises adapted for people with severe COPD" and "Stretching Breathing for COPD for all levels of fitness." These videos are carefully designed to first provide safe training for a frail person with severe COPD, and secondly to provide more strenuous exercise for less disabled individuals.

The Yoga movements provide excellent stretching and posture maneuvers to mobilize the spine and chest wall,and improved general coordination and balance training exercises. Yoga is intimately related to breathing exercises, and there are good breathing instructions directed to COPD needs. Teaching coordination of breathing with general body movements is well done, and this provides a bridge to more efficient movement for performance of activities of daily living. Dr. Sharma has a website with many topics of interest for COPD patients and you may purchase these videos from his site at:

Smile, breathe and go slowly. - Thich Nhat Hanh

1 2 3...Inhale ... 1 2 3 4...Exhale

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