Eastern Breath - Modern Knowledge

Eastern Breath - Modern Knowledge

Eastern Breath - Modern Knowledge

In this online activity we will explore Qigong (Traditional Chinese medicine) and Pranayama (yoga) breathing exercises for Exercise Physiologists - how these Breathing practices, dating back centuries from Traditional Exercise Medicine Programs of Yoga / pranayama and Traditional Chinese Medicine – Qigong, can be integrated in a modern Exercise Physiology program. In this online activity we will explore:

  • What is pranayama (yoga breathing) and qigong (breathwork from TCM) - historic overview
  • Current therapeutic evidence baseof yoga and qigong for health conditions such as Mental Health (anxiety, depression), LBP, Respiratory (COPD), and metabolic conditions (hypertension, diabetes)
  • The biomechanics of breathing - ie diaphragm, respiratory muscles, mechanical integration of the spine
  • The Biochemistry of breathing - Hypoxic - hypercapnic response, oxygenation of tissues, role of nitric oxide and C02. BOLT test
  • The Psycho-neurology or"state" of breathing - ANS regulation via the prefrontal cortex- diaphragm, HRV, vagus nerve and effect of neuromodulators on state (thoughts, feeling, behaviours)
  • Pranayamabreathing techniques - Box breathing, Kapabilti, alternate nostril breathing
  • Qigong breathing techniques - 8 Brocades, grand circulation, small circulation, tummo breathing
  • Integration - how to use pranayama and Qigong in an exercise Physiology program.

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 3June 2022. 

Presented by Mr Andrew Dowler BapSCI HM, PG ExRehab, MA Acu

Andrew is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA as well as a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner with AHPRA and has been working in this dual role for over 20 years. He has a particular interest in the integration of Exercise Medicine Programs integrating modern Exercise Sports Science principles with traditional health systems of Yoga and TCM, which include Qigong,taichi, yoga, pranayama and meditation. Andrew is a Yoga and Qigong/teacher teacher and runs a private EP / TCM practice and studio on the South coast of NSW. 

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