Hiccup! An involuntary spasm of the diaphragm and respiratory organs, with a sudden closure of the glottis and a characteristic gulping sound.

Have you ever gasped to breathe & your body says “No” not today!
Scary shit .. A big HiCCUP!

I have been struggling with a dry cough, unlike whooping cough which became bronchial & now asthma attack !  I am on all sorts of medication, which I detest … but not breathing sort of shakes you up a bit & right now whatever it takes to rid me of this crazy flu I’m all for it!

Breathing involuntarily I will not take that for granted again!

A little voice in my head keeps saying “A yoga teacher who struggles to breathe – what!”
Stop beating myself up right … yes I’m in my favourite teaching ground Fiji but I will be here for a few months – so a couple of weeks for me is not a worry …  forced me time!

Enjoy Life
Relaxing on the bow … Vitamin D time!

As A yoga teacher the first thing I do is search for a yoga cure,  I found lots of great info ; Yoga Journal had some great  articles for bronchitis & asthma, this particular introduction was all too familiar, interesting read;

by BARBARA BENAGHAUG

Title : Learning to Breath Again: An Asthmatics Guide To Retraining Breathing Patterns

Extract : It’s the middle of the night. Suddenly you’re wide awake, suffocating, gasping for air but unable to catch your breath. The whole world seems to be closing in around your throat and chest. The urgency to breathe that woke you in the first place is rapidly giving way to panic. You’re having an asthma attack.

https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/asthma-answers

Unlike this description I was in a picture perfect lagoon, eating lunch & an allergic reaction exasperated a coughing fit … closing my airways within a blink of an eye … gasping for breath … trying to calm myself….not working …. fight or flight mode kicked in … ran to the bow of the boat ….. (I took my cup of tea, be cool) … managed to say can’t breathe…..my husband try’s to  calm me tells me to breathe through my nose … can’t get air …. panic attack …. for a moment everything went still … what a beautiful day, a magic location … Is this it? …snap … I don’t think so! ….gasp … burp choke … small breaths through the nose…I’m breathing but seriously shaken!

Open your throat and chest with these yoga poses for asthma to ease breathing.

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/yoga-by-benefit/asthma

Yoga poses: Contraindicated for asthma. “Contraindication” is a medical term often used in yoga to describe a physical condition that makes a particular pose inadvisable for the practitioner. If you have asthma, honor your body by avoiding or modifying these yoga poses.

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/contraindications-modifications/asthma-contraindications-modifications

So Yoga4yachties followers I am chilling on the Bow of our catamaran Songlines, getting my Vitamin D on & learning to breathe again! If you suffer from Bronchitis or Asthma … let’s learn to breathe together ….. maybe this article will help you in some way!

Learning from my experiences in life adapting into my classes!

Much love

Namaste!

P.s I have allergic reactions to nuts & mangoes …. this allergic reaction was from Hommus – containing chic peas … did you know ? Extract 

http://www.yorktest.com/blog/chickpea-intolerance-or-allergy-symptoms-and-signs/

30th September 2014

Chickpea Intolerance or Allergy? Symptoms and Signs

Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans, are a pulse with a long history of consumption. Traces date back over 7,000 years leading to them being known as one of the world’s earliest cultivated foods. They are a common ingredients in a great variety of cuisines, especially common in south and east European, Northern African, Middle-Eastern and Asian food. In the UK they are best known as core ingredients in Hummus and Falafel. With a high level of protein and fibre, and low fat content they are a staple in a healthy diet.
However, there are some problems associated with chickpeas. Some people may find themselves allergic or intolerant to these legumes.
Chickpeas contain proteins, similar forms of which are found in soy beans, which may trigger an immune response from the body. For those with allergies, visible and common reactions include:
Skin reactions such as eczema and hives

Nasal congestion and Asthma which may be visible through shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and a feeling of tightness in the chest

Anaphylaxis -in the most extreme cases anaphylaxis – made visible by a drop in blood pressure, facial swelling, increased heart rate and dizziness – may occur

Extract Title hiccup by #wikipedia

Breath

“Learn how to exhale and the inhale will take care of itself” by Carla Melucci Ardito

Sandy at Grotty Yachty hope you don’t mind me sharing this!

I always cue students to remember to breathe in a yoga class. Sandy attended one of my Down Under Rally Bundaberg classes last year. Half way through class, this voice yells from the back a bit exasperated “How can you not!” a few giggles from the class. My reply, “Some people hold their breath,” “Oh” she says.

Cueing breath helps students relax muscles in the body and they receive more benefits, more flow of oxygen throughout the body, and more release of carbon dioxide, ultimately more benefits from the poses.

Our inhalations bring oxygen into the lungs, which gets absorbed into the blood and carried throughout the body. The oxygen is used or made into the energy we need to break down food, maintain bodily functions and do all physical activity.

It is a given, we breathe without thinking about it, but when we are exercising or concentrating, or in a stressful situation, for instance, your sailing & the weather changes dramatically, your caught off guard, the body tenses & goes on high alert, the breath changes depending on how you manage the situation, when you are taught to control your breath in Yoga it shows up in these types of situations, allowing you to be calmer and more controlled.

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Calm before the Storm

 

Breath…Mind… Body… Control.

It is important however to remember that our inhalations of oxygen are only as good as our exhalations of carbon dioxide.

 

Find a space , roll out your mat … Namaste!

 

 

 

extract's from http://www.scq.ubc.ca/ by Aizita Magaña

 

 

Lesson over Class Dismissed!

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A journey never unfolds as you plan, that is why coming to Bali with limited expectations unfolds into a journey of new beginnings, amazing friendships, and so many memories.

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Growth, however old you are, creates space in your life, it shift’s old, blocked, stubborn memories, thoughts or emotions out & makes space for new growth, new memories, new life! Peace within.

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Why do you need to be broken to be fixed? As we learn in Yoga Teacher Training, we hold many emotions in the body, this creates a forum to release. A group of liked minded people who share a special bond of trust, a bit like a passage at sea for many days, you learn to survive the elements together, you only have each other & every emotion is shared as one. A friendship that lasts forever.

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I say my goodbyes but I share this  : “I am not sad it’s over, I am glad it happened” much love my fellow yoga teachers.  I look forward to your continued journey in life!

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Nature Appreciation, Quiet Time!

Imagine being surrounded by lush vegetation.

Sitting in meditative state upon a mossy rock.

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Water flows beneath curling over rocks, winding along its journey.

Water cascading above me falling seeping into the earth.

Bamboo plants strong roots, leaves so green, willow like shade.

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The air cool dense rests upon your skin.

Soft gaze, just listen, water rushes, senses become in tune with nature.

Soft haze, colour, third eye, peace, release, calm!

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