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Yoga for Relieving a Cold

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Tis’ the New Year! Time to start making resolutions that will be forgotten in 2 weeks, jumping on that juice diet because you ate way too many cookies during the holidays, and working overtime because of all the vacations you took during the holidays. But OH NO! You’ve caught a cold?

During the winter months, there are so many germs flying around, we are bound to catch a cold or two. When you’re sick, it is more important than ever to listen to your body and be gentle with yourself. Sometimes being active is the last thing you want to do, so this simple, relaxing pose is perfect to help open the chest and the shoulders so you can breath easier, quiet your nervous system and release stress. Practicing yoga not only boosts your immune system so you’re less likely to get sick, it can also help to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.

Here’s an easy one for you to try:

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining bound angle pose)

What you need: 1 blanket, 2 towels or 2 blocks

  • Use a bolster or a rolled up blanket (see picture on bottom left) and place it lengthwise along your spine from the base of your lower back to the top of your head so that you’re in a mild back bend. Prop up your head with another blanket if that feels good.
  • Bring the soles of your feet together and use blocks or roll up towels to place under the thighs. Remember this is relaxing, so it should not feel like a deep stretch in your legs.
  • Bring your arms away from the body in a V, palms up. Prop up blankets under your hands and wrists if that feels good.
  • Close your eyes, put on some soothing music, and breathe fully and deeply. Stay here for 5-10 min.

To deepen your experience, you can cover yourself with a blanket and use an eye pillow. Also try humming (“Om” or “hmmm”) and hold it a little longer than usual to help clear up your sinuses. The “mmm” sound vibrates in your nasal passages and could help to give you some relief.

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Author: loveyogi1

Cui is a certified yoga and meditation teacher based in NY/NJ, specializing in Pre/Postnatal, Mom & Baby Yoga and breath work. She completed her 200-hour training with ISHTA Yoga and will have her advanced 500-hour certification in summer 2015. She also holds certifications in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Her formal education includes a B.A in Communication and Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University. Aside from sharing her passion for yoga, she has spent more than 8 years studying consumer behavior in the media field. Cui hopes to inspire others with her teaching: Her classes emphasize body awareness while moving with the breath. She is grateful to her supportive teachers for sharing their wisdom: Jean Koerner, Yogiraj Alan Finger and other senior teachers at ISHTA. The birth of her daughter has fostered Cui's love for teaching prenatal yoga and working with babies. She credits her quick and easy deliver to the incredible strength that her yoga practice has helped build. She believes in the importance of involving the youngsters in our yoga practice from an early age and showing them how fun it can be. Currently Cui teaches meditation and leads Mommy & Me yoga groups in Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ. If you're interested in private, group or corporate classes, please inquire at: cwang236@gmail.com. Certifications: 200-Hour ISHTA Yoga 300-Hour ISHTA Yoga (Summer 2015) Prenatal Yoga Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra Forza

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