Yoga & Allergies

I have the sniffles. It is ragweed time, and while I am not as “puny” (to borrow a word from my southern grandmother) as I have been during previous allergy seasons, my breathing is decidedly challenged.

A few of my clients this week were also reporting feeling sinus pressure. If you are suffering, here are some tips from Yoga Journal. Yoga does help, but your practice may need to be modified for your current condition:

  • Practice in a smooth calm way, avoiding yoga where there is heat, such as Bikram or Ashtanga.
  • Avoid forceful breathwork. Instead let your breath be relaxed and easy, and focus on longer exhales.
  • Increase standing poses, back bends, forward folds and twists to open up the lungs and massage the spine.

Most importantly, listen to your body and practice mindfully. Read the original article from Yoga Journal online, and keep your respiratory system happy and healthy through this allergy season!

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Heather Stang

Mindfulness Author & Trainer at Mindfulness & Grief
Heather Stang, M.A. is the author ofMindfulness & Grief and the Frederick Meditation Center founder. She holds a Masters degree in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement) from Hood College in Maryland, and is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner. She has led mindfulness-based grief workshops for organizations such as the National Fallen Firefighters Association and Hospice of Frederick County, and is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Heather’s mission is to help people who are grieving to stay healthy and benefit from the transformative experience of grief, using mindfulness-based practices, relaxation, and expressive arts. She has an established practice offering Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions, day-long retreats, and 8 Week Yoga for Grief groups. She is based in Maryland. You can find her on Google +.
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