As the autumn chill creeps up the East Coast, cold and flu are bound to arrive along with it. While it might be tough to think about gearing up for cold season when we just had T-shirt weather what feels like 5 minutes ago, protecting yourself against seasonal sickness is about more than just keeping your medicine cabinet stocked.
In fact, learning some simple yoga poses can be an incredible way of clearing your system if you are already sick. How? Read below to learn some yoga techniques for combating the common cold, courtesy of Horsham Athletic Club. For more expert advice on how yoga can kickstart your body’s health, try taking a look at the personal training in Upper Dublin, PA we have to offer.
Before Anything Else…
Before starting your yoga routine, wrap your forehead with a wide ace bandage of about 4”. It should feel snug without being uncomfortable. The pressure of the bandage will help bring some relief to your congested sinuses.
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
Standing straight up with your feet together and arms by your side (as in the photo at right), reach your hands overhead into a prayer position, then swan-dive your arms and chest down towards the earth. Put your fingertips at either side of your feet, and as you inhale, raise your head and chest up as you keep your fingertips on the floor, then slowly begin to bring your chest in towards your knees.
What does this have to do with your stuffy nose, you may ask? It helps bring energy to your head and respiratory area, while also clearing your sinuses.
Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose)
With the back of your pelvis on a bolster placed 4″ to 6″ from the wall, swing your legs up the wall. Drop your sitting bones into the space between the blanket and the wall and open your arms out to the sides. If your hamstrings feel tight, try turning the legs slightly in, or move the bolster further away from the wall. Hold for a minimum of five minutes. Among other things, this pose will help open up your chest cavity and facilitate breathing.
Interested in learning more about some the yoga classes we have to offer, or in our personal training for Warrington, PA communities? Call Horsham Athletic Club today at 215-398-1343.