3 Yoga Practices for Sinus Relief
By Nicole Aracki • March 25th, 2013 • 45492 Views
There is nothing worse than pain or discomfort in one's head. If you suffer from sinus issues, you are probably aware of the importance of addressing them at the very first warning sign. Paying attention to, and honouring your body are essential in yoga class, and it is just as important to carry this practice into your daily life. A dull headache, plugged ears, fatigue, and of course the sniffles are all warning signs of sinus issues. I have personally found that there are a few practices that, when put together, have been quite effective at keeping things in balance.
1. Neti Pots A small pot is filled with a lukewarm saline solution, and then it is poured into one nostril and drains out the other side. The water gently cleanses the sinus cavities, removing mucous and relieving congestion, post-nasal drip and sinus discomfort. If you have never tried a neti pot, and you've had sinus issues or allergies in the past, I'm telling you here, you have got to try one! It is not as uncomfortable as you think, and over time you'll wonder why you hadn't tried it earlier. The Himalayan Institute is a very reputable source for information on neti pots.
2. Asana Any physical movement when you're under the weather is going to encourage the lymph to move along and do its job, getting you feeling healthy again. Even if it's just a few neck and shoulder stretches, it's better than doing nothing.
For sinuses though, more specifically, it is inversions that can really help to get things loosened up and moving. These poses will intensify the pressure in your head, but when you right yourself, you should feel some relief shortly after. Give it time, and be open-minded. Positive energy is one behaviour that I feel can prevent one from getting sick, and heal a person when they do succumb to illness. Do each pose for about one minute. Allow yourself to relax into the pose and try to keep your breath as smooth and steady as possible.
Poses I recommend for Beginners:
- Child's Pose (Balasana)
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
- Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana)
Poses I recommend for Intermediate to Advanced: If you have not tried these poses before, I highly recommend you get assistance from a Certified Yoga Instructor. It is very important to warm...