Yoga is an exercise that is used all over the world to relieve tension and work the muscles of the body. A small study that was done in 2010 has also revealed that it can help your allergies if you have them. Yoga reduced inflammation in the body. Inflammation can worsen allergy attacks, especially when triggered by stress. Sara Gottfried MD has given these tips for allergy sufferers.
Alternate Nostril Breathing – This exercise can help you increase your body’s relaxation response. This is one of the most common breathing exercises in yoga.
How to do it: Cover your right nostril and hold it. Breathe in through your left for a ten count. Hold your breath for five seconds then cover your left nostril and breathe out through your right for another ten second count. Still keeping your left nostril covered, breathe in again for a ten count, hold it for five, and then uncover your left, cover your right, and breathe out for a ten count. Do three more rounds of this.
Downward Dog – If you are already stuffed up this position can help. It feels like you are putting more pressure on your already hurting sinuses when you are in the position, however when you stand up from it you will help your nasal passages to drain the mucus that is in them.
How to do it: Get down on all fours with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Straighten your legs (knees can be slightly bent), and raise your bottom. Inhale and exhale for a five count. Repeat five times and then walk your hands in towards your feet and slowly stand back up.
Supported Backbends – These can soothe your rib muscles when they are sore from heavy breathing.
How to do it: Lie on your back with your feet close to your bottom and flat on the ground. Slowly lift your back starting at your tailbone and slide three pillows under your lower back when possible. Relax your shoulder blades, hold for two minutes.