Monday 29 June 2020

Best Yoga Asanas To Relieve Allergy

The last one year has transformed my life completely and Yoga has been a very befitting partner in this journey whether it is weight loss or in combating my allergies. I have never embraced a healthier and fitter lifestyle than this before and honestly my hard work has fairly paid. I have dropped fourteen kgs and am in fact feeling so strong and happy within. Now again I am in that time of the year when my allergies trigger, yes monsoon sees me having repeated bouts of cold and cough every year but this time I certainly feel more resistant having practiced Yoga Mudras for Allergy exhaustively for the past many months without missing them a single day. Consistency is always the key to working towards our wellness.

Yoga Asanas are what I totally rely on for my physical and mental health and they have worked wonders for me especially in these pandemic times when having allergic cough can scare the hell out of you. The best way still is to identify your triggers and stay as away from them as possible. Practicing certain yoga poses also gives relief is seasonal allergies. In this blog post, I bring to you the exact sequence of yoga asanas I do for my allergy with all the necessary details as taught to me by my Guru who is a Yogini for over twenty years now. If you are a beginner, take it slow and as per your body permits. All these asanas can be performed by women, children, and men alike.

1. Brahma Mudra

I slowly begin my practice with Brahmamudra in which it is recommended to sit in a comfortable position preferably Vajrasan or Padmasan with your spine erect. Now look to your right slowly to the count of six breathing in and come back slowly chanting sound Aaa as you breathe out. Now do the same to your left and while coming back chant the sound ooouuu. Next, look up again to the same count gently and while coming back chant eeeeee. Finally, look down and come back making the sound mmmm.

This might induce vertigo in rare cases so practice very slowly and do three cycles.

Benefits of Brahmamudra: This will relieve all the pressure in your neck and spine and will also help open up your lungs and help to remove the toxins from your body.

2. Nadi Shodana

Right breathing practice yogas are highly effective to rid us of all allergens and allergies if done right and consistently. Nadi Shodhana is the best Pranayam to help you if your blocked nose and help release all of the mucus which is bothering you as well as help internal healing. For it sit as comfortably as you can, take your right hand and place your first two fingers at the center of your forehead. Now use your right thumb to gently touch your right nostril and your right ring finger to touch your left nostril. Next, press your right nostril and deep inhale from your left nostril. Now close your left nostril and exhale deeply from your right nostril. Now inhale from right nostril keeping the left closed and then exhale from left nostril keeping the right closed. Repeat this multiple times.

Benefits of Nadi Shodhana: It really helps in clearing and balancing respiratory channels and thus helps to alleviate respiratory allergies that may cause fever, cough, sneezing, or wheezing. It also balances hormones and increases the supply of oxygen in our bodies.

3. Matysasan(Fish Pose)

For this lie down on your mat and place both your hands under your hips, palm facing downward and legs close together. Next lift your chest and head up and gradually drop your head down touching the floor with your chest still up. Stay there till you are comfortable, deep breathing in and out, and then gradually lift your head and then drop your chest and head down slowly. Begin with three repetitions of this highly effective yoga therapy.

Avoid this Asan if you high or low blood pressure, neck or lower back injuries or migraine or insomnia.

Benefits of Matsyasan: It is highly effective in toning the parathyroid, pituitary, and pineal glands and in providing relief in respiratory disorders.

4. Adhomuksyanasan(Downward Dog Pose)

This Asan too has multiple health benefits. For it, get on your hands and knees and then gradually lift your knees to arch your body look like an inverted  V with your feet touching the ground completely and your head below the heart to let the blood flow to your brain and stretch, stretch and stretch. Hold there for thirty to sixty seconds following the same deep inhaling and exhaling pattern followed in all yoga to reap maximum advantage of the Yoga therapy and then gently drop your knees and then your torso. Repeat it three to five times in the beginning. If your nose is clogged, breathe gently through your mouth.

This yoga is contraindicated in pregnancy, diarrhea, and headaches.

Benefits of Adhomuksyanasan: It helps to clear our brain and reduce the sinus pressure to make us feel better during an allergy attack. It stretches our chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen and helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica. It is also known to be very therapeutic for asthma.

5. Setubandhasan(Bridge Pose)

Next practice the bridge pose. For it, lie down on the floor and bend your knees. Place your arms close to the body such they slightly touch your heel. Now lift your hips and then your chest up as much as you can and hold there for four to eight breaths and then come down and relax. Repeat this too, three to five times initially.

Don’t do this is if you have a chronic injury in knees, shoulder or back.

Advantages of Setubandasan: Bridge pose beautifully stretches our chest and opens up your throat to clear it of all allergies that are troubling it.

6. Balasana(Child pose) 

This is the one of the easiest yoga kriyas even for beginners. In it sit on your heels comfortably with your legs together or apart and then drop your upper body in front with the arms stretched out completely and relax in that position feeling your deep breath. Stay there for around thirty seconds and enjoy your thighs massaging your stomach as you inhale and exhale. Repeat it three to five times. Since this is a counter Asan to help you restore the balance do this towards the end of practice or when you feel tired.

Avoid this Asan if you are pregnant, have diarrhea or knee injury.

Advantages of Balasana: It relaxes your nerves, spine, hips, and chest and relieves all anxiety and stress which often can be triggers to allergies too.

These were some most effective Yoga Asanas for Allergies which have made me feel a lot better. Shared them here with an earnest endeavor that they help you too. Next, I shall bring to you the most effective yoga asans for Weight Loss and to relieve Endometriosis that I practice and have got multiple benefits from.

 Truly Yours Roma

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