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Increase chest wall expansion and lung volumes

VS12010-07-04 18:03:27 +0000 #1
Hello,

I read some articles based on research, telling that certain Yoga practices increase chest wall expansion and lungs capacity; there is this following document

202.12.97.32/mdphy/o...s/Chanavirut2006.pdf that specifies the postures; I wish I could have your advice on the required practice and the right postures for that.

With sincere regards,

VS1
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 18:16:39 +0000 #2
I am not sure what exactly you are asking so you may not have your needs met by my answer.

1. several of the poses shown in the document you site are not appropriate for beginners nor are they immediately accessible for the sedentary or non-asana practitioner.

2. it is not YOGA that increases the volume of breath or the chest wall. It is anatomically releasing that which binds the rib cage. For simplicities sake let's say it is freeing the intercostal muscles. You can do that in a variety of ways. Keep in mind the study you cite compares yoga practitioners with those reading a book (control). It is no more than common sense to say that people opening the muscles of the thoracic cavity with movement would likely have increases in the chest wall when compared to those sitting and reading.

Aside from this, what is the purpose or interest in increasing the lung capacity and chest wall? What purpose would that serve in your evolution?
VS12010-07-04 18:51:12 +0000 #3
Hello again,

Thank you for the reply, I should have explain myself better;

Start with my purpose, I am investigating whether certain practices, possibly from Hatha Yoga could improve any of a pro cyclists capabilities;

In this specific case, I thought that improved respiratory system can improve ‘maximal oxygen intake’ (VO2Max) which is a k e y (and very hard to improve) factor in cycling.

I was thinking, and I see that you correct that idea, that the certain sequence and certain way of practicing, dictated by the Hatha Yoga practices, is what making the change (improvement) – having said what my purpose is, I am Most attentive to, and will Appreciate your comments.

One little comment, I myself ‘have’* quite some background in practicing Another eastern philosophy and I know from the level of experience how much ‘time’ it takes to reach certain ‘progresses’ – still since the issue here (as you yourself say) is physical, I was hoping to be able to gain an improvement in a relatively short period of time;

* ‘I’ don’t really ‘have’ anything and ‘progress’ is in the plane of ‘time’ (and space) only
Pandara2010-07-04 19:10:07 +0000 #4
Big mistake by most people - Nothing in yoga can really happen over a short period of time. As I have said so many times on this forum, yoga is not a McDonalds Drive-thru, you need time and patience and that is it. Do you have that on your side?
VS12010-07-04 18:41:57 +0000 #5
Yes.

But as InnerAthlete suggests, we are talking about phisical apects here..
sqcloud2010-07-04 20:17:06 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pandara



Big mistake by most people - Nothing in yoga: www.abc-of-yoga.com can really happen over a short period of time. As I have said so many times on this forum, yoga is not a McDonalds Drive-thru, you need time and patience and that is it. Do you have that on your side?

In short, Practice is a must...
Hubert2010-07-04 18:40:29 +0000 #7
The physical aspects are the hardest to change, in my opinion.

Vital nature, mind, intellect ... are all more volatile, more subtle, more easy to change, form, develop.

I am sure yoga would benefit cyclists, too. But the effect is not just from the physical postures. Pranayama probably has much more effect on lungs than asana practice.

The effects of deeper relaxation and rest gained by yoga practices will also help getting that extra edge.

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