Sinusitis is an illness related to nose. It means that a person’s sinuses are inflamed.
The cause for this may be infection or another problem. They produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If a person’s nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain. Sinusitis can be acute, sub acute, chronic and recurrent depending on the frequency and severity of the problem. Symptoms of sinusitis are fever, weakness, fatigue, cough, and congestion.
Rather than going for medical treatments, a person with sinusitis should go for yoga. Below are three simple yoga asanas that one can do to cure sinus.
This is a type of pranayam which depends on breathing in and breathing out. It significantly improves the condition of sinus. Rechak-puraka pranayam is good at relieving problems like indigestion, acidity, constipation and diarrhea. It also helps entire endocrine system, respiratory system and circulatory system to function it optimally. Further it stimulates the adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries in females and testicles in males.
To do it simply start by sitting in Padmasana. Keep your back straight, face looking forward arms resting on knees with palms facing upwards. Next join your index finger and thumb and extend the other three fingers outwards. Now, exhale slowly and simultaneously pull stomach inwards such that you contract your abdominal muscles. This expels air from lungs. Hold this position for a few seconds and then start inhaling slowly through your nostrils. Inhale deeply and gradually so that the abdominal muscles and chest expand. As a next step start exhaling again. Follow this cycle for ten to fifteen times on a daily basis.
Undoubtedly, the best time to perform Bhastrika pranayam is in the morning and on an empty stomach. Being one of the most effective breathing techniques, this pranayam can help to fight against sinusitis. It helps by oxygenating your entire body, and relieves any congestion in nose, throat and sinuses. It is also great for those who suffer from indigestion, gas, acidity etc. The movement of the stomach as a result of the rapid exhalation and inhalation of air, stimulates the walls of intestine, helping it eliminate waste matter.
To do it, sit in Padmasana. Then take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air. Count till five and release the breath. One should try practicing it by inhaling and exhaling with force and mimicking the panting activity. For initial period, you can practice at least 21 times (one round of inhalation and exhalation equals to one time).
Shavasana/ yog nidra:
The other name for shavasana is corpse pose. It is perfect to relax all the muscles, nerves and organs of your body. It is a great yoga pose for people suffering from insomnia, blood pressure, gastric troubles and respiratory system related illnesses like sinusitis. The first rule of Shavasana is that you shouldn’t lie on plain ground but instead use a mat. Your surroundings need to be as neat as possible. It is not same as sleeping. It has some rules to follow.
You need to lie in the center of the mat not on the floor. Your spine should be straight and shoulders should touch the ground. Next rule is to keep your arms wide, your palms facing upward and fingers relaxed. Keep your eyes closed and try to focus on each and every breath. Try to be aware of your chest expanding and contracting while you inhale and exhale. Don’t sleep. Instead try to stay awake. It helps you relax and keep sinusitis at bay.
Along with these, one can follow simple precautions to avoid sinusitis as per yoga. These are:
- Avoid having tea of coffee as first thing in the morning. Having them as soon as you wake up can lead to sinusitis.
- If you are sensitive to milk and milk products, them avoid having them. As it can worsen the sinus symptoms.
- Avoid using perfumes or hair oils that have a strong smell. Such products are capable of triggering inflammation in your sinuses.
So, follow them and say goodbye to sinusitis by yoga.