Yoga for Cold and Congestion
Cold and congestion make your life miserable. It is something that most people wish to get over with as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the health condition takes its own course and may irritate you with its symptoms.
The headaches and plugged up nose can lead to heightened discomfort. Although you may not like the idea of working out under these conditions, yoga has a soothing effect. In fact, it can also cure you from a number of symptoms of cold and cough. Here are some tips to try out a mini yet soothing yoga session.
Here’s what you can do:
The Bridge Pose
This yoga posture is mild yet very effective way to open up chest and sending a gush of fresh blood to your head.
Step 1: Complete Bridge Pose safely without injuring your neck or back.
Step 2: Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
Step 3: Release on an exhalation while rolling the spine. Do one vertebra at a time, onto the mat.
The Camel Pose
This is an important pose that will open up your back and chest. It will also clear out your passageways. While performing this pose, if you are unable to reach the heels of your feet, try placing your hands on lower back with fingers pointing down. Bend back until you feel the stretch. Avoid overexerting yourself.
Step 1: Check out the step-by-step intro to Camel Pose.
Step 2: Hold the pose for five breaths and come up slowly.
Step 3: Rest in Child’s Pose.
The Plow Pose
The plow pose is known to be therapeutic for sinusitis. However, this pose may feel a little uncomfortable especially if your back or hamstrings are tight. If this is the case, you can bend your knees and place them next to your ears. This is a good variation for regular plow pose.
Step 1: Fall back into Plow Pose from Shoulder Stand.
Step 2: You may also roll on your back and swing your legs over your head to come into Plow.
Step 3: Stay in the pose and breathe for one minute.
This is one of the most beneficial of all Yoga poses for cold and congestion relief. The headstand is also one of the most difficult yoga postures. It can be incredibly energizing and detoxifying to allow stagnant blood rush from your toes. It will filter through your heart, and drain into your head.
Step 1: Make sure you are absolutely comfortable doing a headstand.
Step 2: Learn it thoroughly from a trainer before practicing.
Step 3: If the full posture is too much, then simply try one of the variations.
Step 4: Hold your Headstand variations for five breaths or longer.
Step 5: If you fall, then try once more and call it quits for the day.
Step 6: The idea is not to place too much pressure on your neck and head.
Yoga is beneficial to enjoy relief from cold and congestion. All you need to do is learn it well before trying at home.