Performing Yoga with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Yoga might seem like it doesn't do much at first glance, and if you don't know much about it. It just looks like a series of stretches in weird poses, right? It's actually much more than that, and it's also a great way to exercise if you want something easygoing and low impact. Yoga doesn't need for you to jump up and down, or run or do jumping jacks. It does, however, still require that you do plenty of breathing.

Breath is one of the main parts of yoga. This is great news for people who use a portable oxygen concentrator when they work out. Portable oxygen concentrators make it possible for many people to stay active while receiving their oxygen therapy. They also make exercise possible for those who just need extra oxygen while they workout. Either way, if you need to bring in more oxygen than usual, as is the case with yoga, a portable oxygen concentrator is the perfect choice.

You can take your portable oxygen concentrator along with you to your yoga classes, or to your living room where you can put on a yoga instruction video to get you started. The deep breathing that goes along with the poses is extremely beneficial for those who need to use oxygen therapy. It will help get the oxygen throughout the body, and the poses will help to stretches your joints and muscles, as well as sufficiently strengthen them without strain.

Yoga breathing is controlled – more controlled than it would be if you were jogging on a treadmill. You're also relaxing your mind and focusing your mind as well as your body, which will help your brain function better, and make your body generally stronger.

Not long after keeping up with your yoga routine while using your portable oxygen concentrator, you will start to have much more energy and stamina. Many people who do yoga on a regular basis also say that they feel a general sense of ease and well-being that they didn't feel before. This is mainly because they are bringing more oxygen through their body, and to the brain, which uses around 25% of the total oxygen we breathe in.To get the full benefits of yoga if you have a chronic lung disease, you will need to use your portable oxygen concentrator every time.

Yoga uses slow and deliberate movements, so you won't need to worry about your cannula tubing getting in the way. Just make sure you strategically place it out of the way of your movements. A longer tubing might be most helpful, so that you can place it and the concentrator a little further away from you.

Just remember to pace yourself and start at the beginners level. Don't try to get into any poses that you simply cannot, as you don't want to pull any muscles and make it impossible for you to continue. Yoga should feel good, not arduous or painful. If you experience any discomfort, stop what you're doing. You should talk to your doctor first for the okay before starting any new workout routine.

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3 thoughts on “Performing Yoga with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator”

  • Joyce rodrigue

    I want to do yoga again, I have oxygen 24 hours a day. Is it possible?

    • Danielle Jason

      Wonderful question, Joyce. We absolutely have had patients preform a myriad of activities while requiring oxygen 24 hours a day. That being said, it is always imperative to check with your doctor before beginning any new physical or health impacting regimens or habits.

  • Brenda Canada

    I eould lokrvg I learn yoga. I have pulmonary fibrosis. I have s portable concentratot


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