“You can increase your lung capacity by playing a wind instrument, breathing in through a bamboo straw, or a breathing exerciser, or exercising and exerting a lot of energy to create an oxygen deficit that your body needs to work to recover to expand your lungs. Your lung capacity is directly related to your lung health, cardiovascular health and will help you prevent heart attack, stroke and increase your level of vitality overall.”
“The first is to simply exercise, move! Get involved and get your heart rate up. You should feel short of breath every once in a while, an oxygen deficit means that your body is working to expand your lung capacity and become stronger.”
Definitely the Hot Bikrams Yoga is helping me expand my lung capacity!
As my body is currently large with 38% body fat today (down from 40% in five weeks of Hot Bikrams Yoga) my lung capacity is reduced due to the extra fat surrounding my lungs (tested by doctors).
In the five weeks of 3-5 classes per week my ability to do the standing and ground postures has increased.
At first I was so out of breath after one or two or three postures that I had to lay down into “dead mans pose” and recover my breath.
Now I can do almost all of the standing series without having to do this. In yesterday’s class I was able to do all but two of the 12 standing postures (plus the standing breathing exercise that starts the series), that’s quite a lot of improvement.
I’ve also found a way that works for me to shift my breathing to a deeper longer duration inhale and exhale using the diaphragm and abs muscles and to do so naturally. I imagine in front of me my nervous system with it’s tendrils all through my body; then in my imagination I “move” this moving image into my actual body, as I do so I become aware of the sensations from all over my body. I then brighten up the nervous system as if it’s a white bright light. Surprisingly when I do this my breathing shifts from a shallow struggling breath (during yoga or walking or other exercise) to a deep long duration inhale and exhale that uses my diaphragm and inner abs muscles.
This is a “neuro-linguistic programming” (NLP) technique that I now practice. I’ve trained in NLP extensively receiving a diploma from Erickson College and have had over 25 NLP and Coaching teachers; I highly recommend learning NLP and Coaching. It’s really nice to have discovered that the above imaging visualization technique enables my body to so dramatically shift breathing patterns. That’s why I’m sharing it with you.