Yoga for Allergies

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Yoga for Allergies

Phew! Am I feelin the pollen this week or what! 

I've been sneezing and stuffy because the beautiful oak tree outside my window is just sprinkling its pollen EVERYWHERE. Looking every which way to stop these symptoms, I found a few yoga poses in my research that actually help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms. The best ones--inversions!

I love practicing my inversions--outside, on the beach, next to my bed, in the grass-- and they also help alleviate symptoms like post nasal drip, sinus congestion, and sneezing.  Inversions help to open up the upper respiratory tract, making room for fresh air to flow through.

Here are the top three inversions to get your sinuses clear and open so you can enjoy the sweet day ahead of you! 

1. Handstand

(Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

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2. Forearm Stand

(Pincha Mayurasana)

yoga fore arm stand

3. Shoulder Stand

(Salamba Sarvangasana)

shoulder stand

I've been playing with a pose a day to keep things fresh and just to have fun:)  After you've warmed up, try to incorporate a new pose into your routine daily! With each of these, make sure you are aware of your skill level and honor your body and personal limitations. Ask your yoga teacher to help you with each pose and to recommend props to help you get into the safest possible. 

Questions? Please ask!  Leave me comment--and let me know if you're breathing clearer and feeling some allergy relief!

Enjoy this sweet season:)