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.