Welcome to the Yoga for Cystic Fibrosis Course! This series of practices is based on yoga sequences designed by Leslie Kazadi for two pilot research studies, conducted by University of Southern California. Our goals: increase lumbar and scapular stability, increase thoracic mobility and vital capacity and... STRESS RELIEF! Many poses have been modified in consideration of possible side effects of CF, including: GERD, hyperkyphosis, osteoporosis, shortness of breath and fatigue. Leslie’s goal is always to make yoga accessible and fun in a way that shines a light on your possibilities and brings more joy to your life!
Welcome to the Yoga for Cystic Fibrosis Course! This series of practices is based on yoga sequences designed by Leslie Kazadi for 2 pilot research studies, conducted by University of Southern California. Our goals: increase lumbar and scapular stability, increase thoracic mobility and vital capacity and... STRESS RELIEF! Many poses have been modified in consideration of possible side effects of CF, including: GERD, hyperkyhosis, osteoporosis, shortness of breath and fatigue. Check out this brief video intro to learn how to use the course. And remember, Leslie is accessible by comment and so is a whole online community that you can practice with!
This tutorial will give you options to set up props to find a position of comfort and ease while reclining and sitting. Explore breathing techniques that will expand the breath, enhance awareness, strengthen your belly and maybe even expel mucus! We will also play with positions so that you find the movements that get you into the sweet spot of feeling what is accessible now AND moving into possibility. Feel how moving the arms and spine create a balance of flexibility and strength that make more space for the breath and new awareness of and support for your posture. Take what you learn here to the "B" Side and begin to practice these postures and techniques in a fluid moving meditation.
We begin this practice by setting an intention so that each time you get on your mat, you choose how you want to practice and what you want to receive. You will set yourself up with props to support your body for a guided relaxation and body scan. Then you will find a comfortable seated position and move the spine in all directions. This will prepare you for breathing exercises to open the chest and strengthen your core. Over time, these relaxation and simple movement & breathing practices will build resilience and create ease in your body and mind!
This tutorial breaks down whole-body movement, and focuses on the breath. It is a dynamic, moving meditation that calms the mind and enlivens the body. Traditionally, sun salutes have a lot of forward folds, which can elicit GERD symptoms; and weight bearing on the hands, which can overtax the musculoskeletal system. This modified version of Sun Salute C gives you all the joy and freedom of movement that we love while avoiding the contraindications for CF students. We break it down here on the "A" Side so you can feel your way into the poses. Then shift over to the "B" Side for a fluid flow!
Sun Salutes give you a sense of balance, beauty and grace! We will warm up the body with a modified version that avoids forward folding and full weight bearing on the wrists so that you get all of the movement, fluidity, freedom and joy of practicing "vinyasa" yoga while avoiding any strain or pain. Let this practice warm you up for more challenging sessions 3-5. Or do it alone to invigorate your body for a quick morning practice to invite the sunshine into your day.
We will open the hips, build strength, stamina and balance in this tutorial as we learn how to stand in our power in a series of these essential standing poses. Learn the alignment and find your edge in this tutorial. And then let's dance! After we establish the basics in these standing poses, we will learn the steps to move from one pose to the next in a dancing warrior series that will make your heart sing! Then take it to the B side and flow with your dance.
Let's build strength and stamina, open up the hips and feel the power of your legs in this standing sequence. After we warm up the body and find alignment in the poses, and you know all the steps, let's dance with them! Moving through each of the poses on the breath creates a sense of fluidity, enhances the breath and even improves balance and posture. AND it's fun! Enjoy the strength of stillness and the beauty of dynamic movement in this challenging session. And notice how these postures create freedom in your body and awareness in your posture that you can feel throughout the day!
This tutorial takes you through some simple tips to steady your mind and body in balance poses. This is a great session to challenge your strength, focus your mind and engage your sense of humor as we play with standing on one leg, staying centered and calm. Believe it's possible and you will be well on your way to finding balance!
This is a great session for days when you have more energy and are ready for a challenge. You will build your confidence and give your sense of humor a workout in this practice that is filled with standing balancing poses. This is the best part of yoga - learning to be steady when you are challenged and choosing to be present when it looks like you might be headed for a fall. And besides... "But oh, my darling, what if you fly!"
This tutorial is chock full of options to help you find the right version of some of the most challenging poses in this course. The key to building strength and stamina is taking consistent steps and moving methodically over time. From plank to pushups, from high lunge twist to cobra, this practice may be the one where you play with the most variety. The pose modifications take you from safe & simple to strength & stamina. Know that each version of each pose has its own benefits. Find the one that works for you today and return to this session to re-mind yourself of options and variety as your energy and stamina ebb and flow. After this, be sure to reward yourself with Session 6 restoratives!