There are a lot of over the counter and prescription medications that can help deal with allergies, but for many these medicines leave people feeling groggy or sleepy. After years of just accepting the symptoms of allergies I’ve found that these yoga poses help alleviate the symptoms of my allergies. They do not immediately relieve the symptoms, but as part of my regular workout they help keep my lungs strong and my breathing free. If you are not familiar with these yoga poses see a professional yoga instructor first so that you can ensure you are doing the correctly and so that you do not injure yourself.
The bridge pose help open up the chest and strengthen back muscles. Start by lying on your back and bend you knees so that your feet are parallel to each other and close to the buttocks. Then, lift your hips off the floor, toward the ceiling, and push your chest towards your chin. You arms should stay flat on the floor parallel to your body. After 20 to 30 seconds of holding this position lower yourself back slowly to the starting position.
The cobra pose is another backbend yoga pose that helps to open up the chest and increase lung capacity. Start by laying flat on your stomach and put the top of your feet flat on the floor and press them down. Your hands should be palm down next to your shoulders with your elbows by your sides. Then, straiten your arms out keeping your hands where they are and raising your head and chest while keeping your hips and feet on the floor. Finally roll your shoulders back and lift your chest as high as you comfortably can. Hold this stretching pose for 30 seconds and then lower your chest back to the floor.
The plow pose can help open up nasal passages by turning your core upside down temporarily. Start lying on your back. Keep your legs strait and raise them over your head and keep moving them upward until your toes touch the floor behind your head. You arms should be at your sides with your palms flat on the floor. When your toes are touching the floor above you your hips should be above your head. Slowly roll out of the pose keeping your legs strait.
The shoulderstand is a little more advanced but it can also help open up nasal passages. Place a pillow or folded blanket under your shoulders with your head and neck still on the floor. Start by getting into the plow pose and then bend your elbows and put your hands onto your lower back. Keep your elbows in line with your shoulders while you do this. Then lift your lefts up towards the ceiling and straiten your back, hips, and legs. Your hips should be over your shoulders and your feet in line with them. After holding the pose lower yourself back the plow position and then back to flat on the floor.
Anna Montage, “Spring Back From Allergies with Yoga” Wailana.org
“Yoga Poses for those Suffering from Nasal Allergies” Yoga Trainer
Ana Pizer, “Yoga for Allergies” About.com