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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yoga for Allergies

Allergy!!!!!!!!!! A very small word and very irritating manifestations. Only the sufferer can describe that it can affect not only the sleep, concentration, and productivity and but can also worsen the condition by spoiling the mood.

Doctors generally prescribe Allergy shots, nasal steroid sprays, and over-the-counter antihistamines but what is more necessary is the holistic approach towards treatment. Yoga has emerged as a boon to help allergy patients as it allergy symptoms countered by tempering your immune system's response to the offender.

What is required is to include calming poses in Yoga practice so as to synchronize breathing and breathe easily.

Allergy symptoms are aggravated due to stress reactions that cause physiological responses, as a result of which stress hormones and histamine are released from the body, and triggers inflammation. Such patients if practice Relaxation exercises, then the fight-or-flight response of the body is averted, and allergic symptoms are countered.

In the relaxation process, the nervous system guides and directs the immune system to hold its fire. Once the immune system follows directions of nervous system, the inflammation and mucus start to go away, and symptoms are vanished.

Yoga for allergies

Allergy patients must keep in mind that when allergies attack, keep those things away that could aggravate the symptoms and add insult to injury thereby keeping energy level high, since allergies are also associated with low 00210111010000001energy. Yoga experts also advise to restrain you from doing forceful breathing or any pranayama through the nostrils, as congestion worsens the symptoms and breathing becomes difficult and uncomfortable. Make sure to emphasize exhalation more during breathing. It has been noticed practically that; a short inhalation followed by a longer one has a calming effect. If comfortable then moderate Kapalabhatti, Anuloma-Viloma, Ujjayi and Brahmari.

Inversions are best suited in these conditions as the upper respiratory tract gets smoother and secretions from the nose are washed off, allowing freshly oxygenated blood to flow into the oral cavity. Nasal passages become clearer if one practices Sarvangasana and Halasana, thereby resulting in drainage of sinuses. However, it is recommended to avoid bending head too long in poses like Adho Mukha Svanasana and Sirshasana. The allergy symptoms may get aggravated due to extra pressure on nasal passages."

Yoga experts advise to include forward and backward bends, and twists – in yoga practice to get rid of allergy. These exercises give a soothing effect to the thoracic cage and the lungs and also massage various parts of the spine.

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