Lifestyle

Alleviate allergy symptoms with Yoga’s healing powers

HEALING POWERS: Yoga breathing exercises and poses may help you with allergies.
HEALING POWERS: Yoga breathing exercises and poses may help you with allergies. Thinkstock

THERE are several yoga practices that will help to alleviate allergy symptoms, including runny noses and inflamed sinuses.

While there are no studies that document improvement in people with allergies who use these techniques, there also is no risk, so if you have allergies, you may want to give it a try.

There are studies that show yoga's effect on the immune system and yoga's awesome healing powers.

YOGA GURU: Pushpa Bakshi in the sukasan pose.
YOGA GURU: Pushpa Bakshi in the sukasan pose. Christopher Chan

Those who are already engaged in a regular yoga routine will get the most from these, for those who are new to yoga, the relief may take a little longer as you begin to enjoy the benefits of less stress and a healthier immune system.

Recommended breathing exercises for the cold season:

  • Kapalabhati Pranayama breath consists of a series of rapid, forceful exhalations and passive inhalations. This has long been believed to clear out the nasal passages where allergens lurk, and thus offer some relief from irritation. This is a heat-generating breath, however, so limit yourself to a single round at the start of your practice. I recommend learning this breath from an experienced teacher, as you may become light-headed if you do it incorrectly.
  • Alternate nostril breathing - Nadi Sodhana is a calming, balancing breath. You must be able to breathe through both nostrils to do this pranayama, so it may not be possible if you are extremely congested.

Recommended Poses:

  • Shoulderstand - Salamba Sarvangasana which open the nasal passages for improved drainage. Do not hold the pose longer than a few minutes, however.
  • Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and other backbends help to expand the chest and lungs, giving you increased breathing capacity.

You may think that vigorous practices that heat up the body aggravate their allergies, while others find getting sweaty helps drain and clear the nasal passages.

If you fall into the former group, practice hatha yoga, Iyengar, or gentle vinyasa when you are suffering from allergies.

These types of yoga will give your body the benefits of stretching without generating too much heat.

If the heat helps you, Bikram and Ashtanga may be appropriate.

Have a blessed week from Sai Yog.

If you need more information on these types of yoga and classes then please do email or call us at saiyog8@gmail.com and 0450 582 540. Our sessions are more flexible now to meet the demands on your time.

Topics:  allergy, gladstone, opinion, pushpa ajay bakshi, put a little 'om' in your life, yoga




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Man accused over violent robbery, extortion of businessman

Gladstone Courthouse.

Man accused over violent robbery, extortion of businessman

Gladstone mum shot up ‘speed’ before driving with kid

TESTING TIMES: Police test motorists at an RBT.

GLADSTONE'S drug drivers are named and shamed by police.

UPDATE: 12-year-old girl hit by car in Gladstone

AmbulancePhoto: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily

A GIRL has been hit by a car on Kin Kora’s Philip St.

Latest deals and offers

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Chanelle Ashanti couldn't believe a big people mover crashed into her fluro ute this morning.

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Chanelle Ashanti couldn't believe a big people mover crashed into her fluro ute this morning.

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Gladstone's 10 cheapest houses for sale

ALL of the houses are selling for well under $200,000.