Improve Your Sinuses with Yoga: Top Asanas for Sinus Relief

Improve Your Sinuses with Yoga: Top Asanas for Sinus Relief

Improve Your Sinuses with Yoga
Sinus problems such as sinusitis are common conditions that can leave many people miserable. Unfortunately, most medications can leave you feeling run-down and potentially feeling worse if you suffer from one of the many side effects. It’s true that sinus issues can be debilitating, but did you know that yoga can be an effective way to give you some relief from your sinus problems?

While yoga does not replace your doctor, you can help improve your sinuses with yoga. To learn more about using yoga for preventative care, check out these yoga asanas that can help give you some relief from the pain and the pressure.

Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)

1. Begin by being on your hands and knees. Make sure your knees are aligned directly under your hips and that your wrists are directly under your shoulders. Your fingers should be pointing at the top edge of your yoga mat.
2. Step your feet back into a push-up position, and make sure your body weight is distributed evenly across your hands. Relax your back and stretch out your elbows.
3. Take a breath and while you exhale, lift your knees off the floor and reach your pelvis up towards the ceiling. Straighten out your legs, but take care not to lock your knees. Imagine you are forming the letter “A” with your body.
4. Take care to lengthen your spine, lifting your pelvis up towards the ceiling. Make sure you are pressing down equally into the floor with your heels and palms.
5. Drop your head down and align your ears with your upper arms, looking back at your feet. Expand your chest and open up your back by rotating your biceps forward.
6. Hold the pose for 5-20 breaths. When you release the pose, gently exhale and bend your knees to come back to your hands and knees.

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

1. Lay down on your back with your palms down, feet flat on the floor and your knees bent.
2. Walk in your feet until your heels brush your fingertips. Lift your hips up into the air and press down with your feet. Make sure you keep your heels hip width apart.
3. Move your hands together and clasp behind your back. Roll your shoulders under you and keep your chest open and up.
4. Hold the pose for 5-20 breaths. When you release the pose, gently exhale while releasing the arms and lowering your hips back down to the floor.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

1. Stand up straight, place your hands on your hips and keep your feet hip distance apart.
2. As you inhale, raise your arms above your head and draw your chest forward.
3. While you exhale, lead with your chest and fold your upper body over the center line of your body.
4. Relax your neck and head while reaching down with your hands and fingers. Reach down as far as you can.
5. Hold this pose for 5-20 breaths. When you release the pose, gently exhale as you slowly rise back up into your starting position.

Need a visual cue? Want to see some other helpful yoga poses? Check out this helpful video that demonstrates yoga poses that can help with sinus congestion.

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