Sinusitis and Yoga

Around this time of the year we may start to suffer from cold or flu like symptoms including sinusitis. Here are some simple tips for helping with unblocking the sinuses. The Sinuses are pockets of air that sit behind the nasal cavity. They produce mucus to flush out the membranes of the nose and throat. If they get blocked it builds up pressure behind the nose and can be quite painful.The most effective relief for draining the sinuses are inversions. They should be practiced each day if you are prone to sinusitis or if you have an infection try the below holding for period of time to drain the nasal cavities.
supported shoulderstandPractice using lots of blankets under your shoulders, supported should stand is the best.
Here are a couple of other inversions you could try if you are blocked.
Legs up the wall pose. This is a good one if you are really blocked as forward folds may seem like your sinuses will explode if you are really congested.Start by sitting on the floor with your right hip touching a wall. Swivel your body until your legs are resting up the wall and your back is on the floor. Relax your arms naturally out to each side and place a pillow under your head for added comfort. Allow the wall to completely support your legs and stay in this position for up to 15 minutes. Legs up the wall pose helps treat eye and ear ailments associated with sinusitis.

You could also try a simple forward fold.

If the thought of going upside down really bothers you please try single nostril breathing. Sit in a comfortable asana. Block your left nostril and inhale through your right. Then close the right and exhale through the left. Continue in this manner, inhale right, exhale left, for 1 to 3 minutes
Plow, where the legs go behind you and on to the floor. Also try lifting one leg up and keep one leg down then switch legs. Once the sinuses are clear you could try handstand or headstand.

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