For Yoga Teachers – Respiratory System 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.


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


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.


abdominal cavity, breathing, diaphragm, respiration, thoracic cavity

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