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For Yoga Teachers – Respiratory Anatomy / The Anatomy of Breathing – Part 1: Introduction

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the physiology of the respiratory system.

Objective

Gain an understanding of the foundational physiology of the respiratory system.

Description

Define breathing and respiration. Explain what causes breathing and its purpose. Describe the contents of the thoracic and abdominal cavities and how they change during breathing. Understand why lungs cannot be moved directly at will and the principal muscle involved in breathing. Describe the diaphragm and the movement of the diaphragm during relaxed breathing. Explain problems that a person may have with their diaphragm.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What is breathing and what is the purpose of breathing?
  2. What is respiration?
  3. What causes breathing?
  4. What are the contents of the thoracic and abdominal cavities?
  5. How do the thoracic and abdominal cavities change during breathing?
  6. Why can’t lungs be moved directly at will?
  7. What is the principal muscle involved in breathing?
  8. Describe the diaphragm.
  9. Describe the movement of the diaphragm during relaxed breathing.
  10. What problems can a person have with their diaphragm and what is the effect?

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