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Yoga Therapy for the Lungs: Physical / Mental / Emotional Imbalances

Addressing Physical / Mental / Emotional Imbalances

Our Mission

I believe that teaching yoga is one of the most fulfilling and purposeful vocations one can pursue. Nothing feels better than building a heart-to-heart relationship with a student and growing together over time with a shared love for the practice. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga and Iā€™m extremely passionate about educating high quality yoga teachers and finding innovative ways to spread the teachings of yoga far and wide. These online courses are part of this collective effort...





This Module

Module 8: Yoga Therapy for the Lungs: Physical / Mental / Emotional Imbalances explores the basic anatomy of the respiratory system, how the breath affects the nervous system as well as the regulation and distribution of prana.

We'll discuss the anatomy of the pranamaya kosha, how to assess imbalances and offer tools to improve health at this layer.

We'll break down the components of pranayama practice according to the Sutras; which include:

  • bahya
  • abhyantara
  • stambha
  • vrtti
  • desa
  • kala
  • samkhyabhih
  • paridrsto
  • dirgha
  • suksmah

The discussion will explore the basic adaptation of pranayama into breath-centered asana practices as well as specific types of pranayama practices for various individuals and contraindications.


Module lectures include:

  • MOD8L1 Anatomy of the Respiratory System
  • MOD8L2 Breath is Life: Prana
  • MOD8L3 Tools for the Pranamaya Layer
  • MOD8 Case Study and Key Concepts




Course Topics

  • The lungs: physical / mental / emotional / imbalances
  • How do the heart and the lungs work together
  • Movement of the diaphragm
  • How the lungs affect the nervous system
  • How can yoga therapy practices turn off the sympathetic nervous system?
  • Understanding of how the breath affects the mind (to be covered in more depth in Levels 2/3)
  • Consequences of short ā€“ shallow breathing
  • Yoga therapy practices to increase and contain prana
  • Yoga therapy tools for the pranamaya layer
  • Common yoga therapy pranayama practices and energetic effects (covered in more depth in the pranayama intensives)
  • Yoga philosophy sees the lungs as the central pump and the heart as the seat of the mind




The Complete Course

This module is part of a lager course titled "Yoga Therapy Foundations and Public Health Tools" is the cornerstone of our Level 1 Foundations of Yoga Therapy Training and is part of our 850-hour IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist Training.

I am most proud of this course, as it combines my Masters Degree in Public Health with decades of Yoga Therapy philosophy and practice. I LOVE teaching this 13-month course at our studio Be The Change Yoga and it was THIS course that inspired me to start cataloguing my brain into these online courses, as I had many students from out of state wishing to take this course but unable to attend in person.

This module can be purchased a la carte or is included in the Yoga Therapy Tools and Public Health Course.



Your Instructor


Katie Allen
Katie Allen

Katie Allen, MPH, C-IAYT co-founded Be The Change Yoga, a studio and Center for Higher Education in Orange County, CA. The studio is deeply rooted in the philosophical foundations of yoga and understanding of yoga as a therapeutic modality. The studio offers Orange County's only Yoga Therapist Training program.


Katie is the Founder and School Director of AlcheMe Yoga Therapy; a yoga therapy company that offers professional training, comprehensive clinical programs, research and outreach initiatives. She received her Masters in Public Health from Tulane University and wrote her thesis on Yoga's ability to prevent and treat chronic disease. She has built successful community-based relationships with hospitals, health systems and clinics to integrate yoga therapy services into their offerings.

She has presented at SYTAR on 'How to develop and market comprehensive yoga therapy programs within clinical settings using a public health perspective' and 'Yoga Therapy as a Health Promotion Strategy for Underserved Communities'.

Katie is also passionate about bringing yoga to under-served communities and has implemented and directs yoga therapy programs at Hoag Hospital, Serve The People Clinic and Korean Community Services Clinic. She's currently building out a Yoga Promotores Program to train Spanish-speaking students to become yoga teachers to spread healthy living practices throughout various community organizations.

To learn more visit: http://kateallenyoga.com/

Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


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