Yoga for Seasonal Allergies
During the allergy season, the lungs and lymphatic system are working overtime to flush the body of the particles which the body perceives as toxins. These yoga poses focus on joining healthy lung and diaphragm function with the lymphatic flow, aiding the body in having healthy responses to common allergens. The poses also clear the nasal passages, thus relieving the stuffy symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Tabletop with Fire Breathing
- Come into tabletop position with arms outstretched below the shoulders and the knees supporting the body below the hips. Press the tops of the feet into the floor as you turn the palms slowly inward.
- Spread the fingers and point them towards each other while maintaining the position of the hands below the shoulders. Check your neck and back position, making a straight line from the crown of your head to your tailbone.
- Take one full, deep breath, then take 8 rapid breaths through your nose. Focus on exhaling forcefully. Breathe normally as you release to sitting back on your heels with your hands resting on your thighs in front of you.
- Inhale and raise your arms above your head. Exhale your upper body to the floor with your arms outstretched in front of you, in child’s pose. Inhale to rise again, with the arms still extended, then exhale your hands to your thighs.
- Return to tabletop position and repeat the sequence.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor and your arms by your side. Your hands should be able to just touch your heels.
- Slowly begin to peel your spine up off the floor, beginning with your pelvis and continuing until your shoulder blades rise up from the floor.
- Support the pose by pressing your hands to the floor on either side of you, or you can clasp your arms together under the body to give a deeper stretch to the upper back.
Sarvangasana - Shoulder Stand
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
- Pull your knees towards your chest as you begin to point the toes up towards the ceiling.
- As you raise your legs, use your arms to support your torso.
- Lift the pelvis and put the palms of your hands against the back of your torso.
- Keep torso and legs straight
- Breathe deeply as you hold the pose. When you come out of the pose, let yourself down very slowly and gently, using your hands to lower your body to the floor.
Legs Up the Wall
- Lie with your upper body perpendicular to a wall, and your feet resting on the wall. Stretch your arms on either side of you. If you wish you can place a bolster or pillow under your lower back to aid in stretching the back and lung muscles.
- Straighten your legs up the wall and breathe normally.
This is a relaxing pose, so you may remain in it as long as you like to finish your practice.