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June 10, 2017 by
The Center for Disease Control reports that 20 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies – also known as hay fever – affecting between 10% and 30% of the population.

With that being said, allergy suffers are always looking for a way to reduce their sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes, especially during the spring months when pollen is, oftentimes, flooding the air.

While there are plenty of over-the-counter drugs that can aid in minimizing these symptoms, there are also some more natural remedies that will provide relief. Believe it or not, one of those is yoga.

This is because yoga has been proven to have a stabilizing effect on one’s immune system. Regular practice allows for one’s overall health and local resistance in respiratory passages to be improved, and that means your body can more readily fight off allergens.

Keep reading to learn some of the best poses to help you manage your allergy symptoms and to even minimize them naturally.

Yoga Poses to Fight Seasonal Allergies

Fish pose

This pose serves to open the chest, lungs, and throat – making it easier to breath. It also helps to regulate the lymphatic system and increases immunity.

To do this pose, start by laying on your back with your arms straight by your side, palms down on the floor. Press your forearms to the floor and lift your chest to create an arch in your upper back.

Tilt your head back, putting little pressure on your noggin and pressing through your hands and forearms. Hold for five breaths, then releasing with an exhale and lowering your back and head back towards the floor.

Plow pose

This pose serves to open the muscles at the back of your neck and base of your skull, allowing for better drainage. It also calms the nerves, brain, and heart! To complete this pose, start by laying flat on your back with your arms extended by your side palm down.

While inhaling, lift your legs and hips towards the ceiling, bringing your torso perpendicular to the floor. Straighten your legs and bring your toes to the floor behind your head if you can. Lift your tailbone higher, drawing your inner groin in towards your pelvis.

Hold the pose for up to five minutes, and then release by supporting your back with your hands and slowing rolling your legs back to their starting position.

Bridge pose

This is a pose that opens up your chest, allowing you to have a heightened lung capacity and to breath easier. This pose is completed by beginning laying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

Your arms should lay flat on the floor, palms facing down. Pressing your feet and arms firmly towards the floor, lift your hips upward towards the ceiling. Drawing your tailbone towards your pubic bone, roll your shoulders back beneath your body.

Keep your thighs and feet parallel, holding the pose for up to one minute. To release, exhale and gradually drop your spine to the floor and allow your knees to drop together.

Practice these poses to ward off your allergy symptoms for a more enjoyable spring!

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