Two in one: improve your health and language at a time
The Breathing Exercises Video Course in Karelian is an efficient language lesson and a fitness practice for women of all ages. The exercises are based on a paradoxical breathing exercise technique, proposed by Aleksandra Strelnikova, which consists of breathing patterns that can improve health through the control over oxygen intake. The content was developed by coach and author of the Women’s Health program Eduard Husnutdinov, from Petrozavodsk, Russia, who passed his knowledge and skills to his 7-year-long trainee Natalia Antonova, co-founder of the Young Karelia centre. Natalia Antonova video-recorded the exercises and provided instructions in her native Karelian language. The course is freely available in the Internet, which makes it accessible to all women, even those living in the remote areas, or not knowing Karelian.
The duration of the course is 1 h 25 min. The exercises are organized by complexity and combined into blocks, including: tuning, warming-up, stretching, flexion and extension of joints, routine for the back, muscle-strengthening workout, and recovery. Presenter Natalia Antonova assures that the course does not require any specific level of physical fitness or medical indication; the first results will be seen after a month of training.
The Breathing Exercises Video Course helps to improve flexibility in joints as well as to prevent chondrosis and region-specific illnesses, such as gonarthrosis and hypertonic conditions.
Modern, applicable and useful language content
The project was supported by the Ministry of National and Regional Policy of the Republic of Karelia within The Finno-Ugric Peoples of Karelia — Towards Sustainable Development program.
The language of instruction is the Livvik dialect of Karelian. The course activates knowledge of Karelian words and phrases related to the human body and diseases. Each exercise is accompanied with comments on its performance and effect. Natalia Antonova also teaches this course in person to groups in the Resource Language Media Centre of Karelians, Veps and Finns of Karelia in Petrozavodsk and in the House of the Karelian Language in Vedlozero in Karelia, Russia.