Tai Chi for Breathing Problems
One of the many benefits of Tai Chi classes is the improvement in breathing and respiratory problems by using a technique known as meditation in motion. Because it is a form of very light exercise that encourages you to control your breathing, Tai Chi lessons can make you think about every movement and intake of breath during your practice.
Learning Useful Breathing Techniques
Tai Chi teaches you useful and mindful breathing techniques to aid you when your respiration may become impaired. This could be in times of panic, anxiety, and stress, or health issues that we’ll shortly explore. Learning mindful breathing helps to regulate your inhales and exhales, making you more aware of purposefully controlling your breathing. This is very useful for those who experience shortness of breath as part of health changes like ageing and the menopause.
Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is a type of obstructive lung disease that causes long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. Many people don’t realise they have it, instead just getting by knowing that they have a low tolerance for exercise and uncomfortable or less-than-average breathing capabilities. Many people experience breathlessness, a persistent chesty cough, and persistent wheezing.
Interestingly, a study has been done and it has found that Tai Chi and Qigong classes can improve the wellness, lifestyle, and exercise capacity of those with COPD. The low-impact taiji classes we provide are therefore suited to older people and those with breathing problems because we can greatly improve their respiratory comfort without using challenging or complex sequences.
You can find the article with further details of this study here.
Techniques to Practice at Home
Tai Chi classes teach you movements and sequences that you can practice at home between our sessions, allowing you to improve your results and comfort in your own time and space. The perfect form of low-impact exercise, all you need is a little bit of space to fully extend your arms and legs.
For Tai Chi and Qigong classes in London, Kent, and online via Zoom, contact James Drewe on 07836 710281 to find out about our next class near you.