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Yoga for Allergies
The respiratory system does a very important role in human body. Our respiratory system is composed of the nose, mouth, lungs, sinuses, and the passages. Respiratory system allows us to inhale oxygen and remove carbon dioxide and because of that one can speak. Any difficulty in the respiratory system can cause deficiency of oxygen in the body and some time it causes death also.
Allergies are activated by allergens; they initially affect the respiratory system. Most common allergies are caused because of pollen, dust, food, insect venom, cigarette smoke, medicines, and latex rubber. Tension and extreme negative emotions can also magnify allergies, which may convert into constant respiratory diseases, such as asthma and bronchitis. Yoga for allergy has reduced the effect on the immune system. With regular practice of yoga, resistance of respiratory passage is improved, so that tolerance to disease is improved. Yoga is also an effective stress controlling method.
Recommended Breathing Exercises for Allergy control
Kapalabhati Pranayama: Kapalabhati is very popular yoga style for respiratory problems. It consists of a sequence of fast and forceful exhalations and passive inhalations. This yoga style is helpful in cleaning of nasal passages where allergens lurk, so that sufferer gets relief from irritation. Kapalabhati Pranayama is a heat-generating exercise, so itís better if you limit yourself to a single round at the initial stage of practice.
Nadi Sodhana: It is a calming, balancing exercise for breath. For this style of Pranayama one must be able to breathe through both nostrils, therefore sometime it become difficult if someone is suffering from extreme cough.
Recommended Poses for Allergy control
- Shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Shoulder stand and other inversion poses open the nasal passages for proper drainage. Itís recommended that hold this pose only for few minutes.
- Bridge Pose (Setu bandhan Sarvangasana)
All back bend poses including Bridge pose is helpful in expansion of chest and lungs, due to that breathing capacity increases.