There are numerous yoga poses which help to fight common cold. These particular postures help to boost the immune system and strengthens the respiratory organs. It also improves flow of oxygenated blood to the lungs. Fish pose, cobra pose and downward facing dog pose are just some of the specific yoga posture which helps to ward off the symptoms of a nasty cold. To know more about the wonderful yoga postures which are designed to fight common cold, read on.
Here Are 7 Beneficial Yoga Poses To Combat Cold
Fish pose or Matsyasana helps to ease the unpleasant symptoms of a common cold by opening up the thoracic cavity. This particular yoga pose also boosts blood circulation to the lungs. Fish pose improves overall immunity. Boosting immunity levels helps the body to fight infectious viral agents which are responsible for causing common cold. To achieve this pose lie flat on the ground with your feet, knees and thighs pressed together. Slide your hands (palms facing the ground) under your hips. Pull your elbows closer to each other. With a deep inhalation lift the chest off the floor. Lower your head till it touches the floor. Now press your elbows together, lift your chest further up and arch your back fully. Hold this moderately difficult pose for about ten to fifteen seconds. With a deep exhalation release the pose.
Cow Face Pose
Cow Face Pose which is known as Gomukhasana in the Sanskrit language helps to fight pesky common cold by fortifying the immune system. People who fall prey to seasonal cold and those who suffer from regular bouts of allergic rhinitis should practice Cow Face Pose on a regular basis. Start off by sitting comfortably on the ground. Bend your left knee and bring your left foot close to your right buttock. Similarly, bend your right knee, so that both the knees are stacked perfectly over each other. With a deep inhalation lift your right arm up. Bend your elbow. Ensure that the fingers of your right hand are directly between the shoulder blades (palms facing the back). Now bend your left arm and slowly slide your hand along your spine – till the fingertips of the left hand touches the fingertips of the right hand. Clasp your hands tightly. Hold this pose for five to ten seconds.
Cobra pose also called serpent pose or bhujagasana is a common back bend yoga pose. This particular yoga posture opens up the chest cavity and improves blood flow to the lungs. Individuals who suffer from chronic cold should perform this pose regularly. To perform cobra pose, which is one of the important steps of the sun salutation or Surya Namaskara, lie on your stomach on the floor. Place your hands just below your rib cage (palms should face the ground). The fingers should be spread evenly. Take a couple of deep inhalations and exhalation. With a deep inhalation lift your upper body off the ground. Bend your back, tilt your head up and look at the ceiling. Ensure that your pelvis does not lift off the ground. Hold the pose for ten to fifteen seconds. With a deep inhalation release the pose.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward Facing Dog Pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana is a widely practiced yoga posture that improves immunity, boosts blood flow to the lungs and effectively fights flu and cold symptoms. The downward facing dog pose also helps to drain the sinuses. Kneel on the ground. Place your hands in front of you. Now lift up so that the body weight is distributed evenly on your knees and your palms. Your back should be totally flat. Tuck your toes inwards and keep your hands, shoulder-width apart. With a deep inhalation lift your body off the ground, so that it resembles an inverted V. Press your head further back and hold this pose for fifteen to twenty minutes. With a deep inhalation release the pose.
Standing Forward Bend Pose
Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend Pose is actually an inversion posture that fights symptoms of common cold by boosting blood flow to the respiratory organs. This pose also clears clogged sinuses and alleviates difficulty in breathing. Stand tall in ‘Mountain Pose’ with feet, knees and thighs pressed together. Grab the elbows and swing your hands above your head. Lift your chest and waist up. With a deep exhalation, bend down so that the chest is as close to the hips as possible. Bend further down so that your head is in line or just below your knees. Hold this pose for 20-30 seconds.
Bow Pose or Dhanurasana will open the chest cavity and ensure easy flow of oxygen into the lungs. This particular posture also boosts the functioning of the thymus gland. This gland plays a crucial role in producing white blood cells. WTC or white blood cells help ward off infections like common cold. Lie on your stomach. Stretch your arms along your torso. Bend your knees. Hold your left ankle with your left hand. Similarly hold your right ankle with your right hand. With a deep inhalation lift up so that the entire weight of your body is resting on your stomach and pelvis. Hold this rather intense pose for ten to fifteen minutes. With a deep exhalation gently release the pose.
Legs Up Wall Pose
Legs Up Wall Pose also called Vipraita Karani has the immense power to treat numerous respiratory ailments including common cold. This inversion posture will help you to breathe better by clearing blocked sinuses. Start by placing a wodden brick against the wall. Place a bolster flush agaisnt the brick. Side sideways on the bolster and swing legs up against wall one at a time, Now gently slide backwards till your shoulders and head touches the ground. Place your hands along the torso. Hold this pose for atleast two to three minutes.