Use this yoga sequence to relieve sinus pressure and congestion.
It’s allergy season, and if you’re like most people, you’re experiencing an increase in sinus problems. From nasal congestion to sinus headaches and pressure, it can be a struggle to find relief with all of the pollen and irritants in the air. You may just feel like lounging around until the symptoms subside, but don’t! Instead, try these yoga poses, courtesy of POPSUGAR, to open up your chest and improve circulation, and feel your sinuses clearing in no time.
By Anna Monette Roberts
The Bridge pose is a mild yet effective way to open your chest, in addition to sending fresh blood to your head. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute, and then release on an exhalation while rolling the spine, one vertebra at a time, onto the mat.
Camel will open up your back and chest even further while clearing out your passageways. If you can’t reach the heels of your feet or it’s too intense, then place your hands on your lower back, fingers pointing down, and bend back until you feel the stretch. Hold the pose for five breaths, come up slowly, and then rest in Child’s Pose.
The Plow pose is considered therapeutic for sinusitis, but this pose might feel uncomfortable if your back or hamstrings are really tight. If so, you can always bend your knees and place them next to your ears as a variation. Stay in the pose and breathe for one minute.
Bow Pose stretches your neck, chest, stomach, and back. Start on your belly, and reach for your feet. Hold for five deep breaths, and then release, turn your head to one side, and shake your hips to release your back.
The Headstand is one of the most difficult yoga postures, yet it is incredibly energizing and detoxing to let stagnant blood rush from your toes, filter through your heart, and drain into your head. Hold for five breaths or longer.
All images courtesy of POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson.
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