Problems with your stuffy nose?
Nasal congestion involves the blockage of the nasal passages that is typically brought about by excessive secretion of mucus. In severe cases, nasal congestion can involve pain, especially when nasal membranes swell up, which is caused by the expansion of the blood vessels.
This is an all too common ailment that can affect any person of any age, even babies. In fact, in extreme cases, nasal congestion among newborns can lead to death. While this is a simple condition that typically heals on its own even without medical intervention, it often causes extreme discomfort and can disrupt life and prevent you from performing your best, whether in school, work or at home.
Nasal congestion could be caused by allergens and irritants and is a symptom of several illnesses like the flu, Hay Fever, sinusitis and nasal polyps. It could also be due to reactions with some medication like Tamsulosin. Nasal congestion may re occur if topical decongestants are used for a long period of time.
Taking medication may bring about temporary relief but most doesn’t really resolve the problem and congestion reoccurs. The effective way to fix it is by widening the air passages so that air could pass through restoring oxygen and reducing the excess mucus (process is called bronchodilation). Yoga, together with its proper breathing techniques, can do this without any side effects.
Yoga Postures for Nasal Congestion
There are a number of yoga poses that you can perform to alleviate nasal congestion. This offers a practical and natural treatment, especially if you don’t want to be constantly dependent on the intake of medication.
Performing a simple relaxing pose like the corpse pose or savasana can be challenging if your nose is congested. However, you can perform still perform this by using a bolster positioned lengthwise from your head to your lower spine instead of lying flat. You should also use a folded blanket placed underneath your neck and head.
Performing breathing exercises can also help you open up your nostrils so you can be able to breathe properly and comfortably. If your voice is affected due to blockages, performing breathing exercises can also help clear off those blockages affecting the throat regions. In addition, breathing techniques can also provide relief from coughing and sneezing.
Another equally effective yoga pose is the child’s pose, which stretches the muscles along the lower back area and the inner thigh. If your hamstrings and thigh muscles are overly tight, you may feel a bit of discomfort. However, try to maintain the pose for several minutes in order to relieve tension from the muscles and aid in circulation, helping you boost your immune system to fight off nasal congestion.
The fish pose is also recommended for reducing nasal congestion. It works great for people with sinus problems.
This particular yoga pose is especially popular for its ability to relieve the tension in the spinal region. For best results, perform the rabbit pose following the child’s pose in order to bring more blood into the brain as well as relieve your nasal congestions. You can also complement those with a light massage on the thyroid, applying gentle compression.
Why Yoga Is Great For Congestion
Many people tend to reach for the nearest medicine cabinet when dealing with nasal congestion. If you prefer a more natural approach to treating your condition, you can perform yoga with or without medication.
Over time, yoga can prove highly beneficial in treating a number of health conditions. But more importantly, regular practice of yoga provides a great fitness routine that you can adapt and perform even at the comforts of your own home. Through yoga, you will be able to successfully enhance immune functions of the body, which is critical in ensuring your body is properly equipped to fight off a number of diseases.
About The Author: Mahindra Raj Specializes in helping people from all over the World create the transformations, results and life that they truly desire. He uses Yoga, Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Spiritual Response Therapy and other forms of “Energy Healing” work to improve the quality of people’s lives. He now lives in Mexico City where he does coaching people and teaches yoga.