Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Sinuses can be healed by yoga through inversions that can help get things loosened up and moving. These yoga poses will intensify the pressure in your head, but when you come back to your normal posture, you will feel some relief. Allow yourself to relax into the pose and try to keep your breath as normal and steady as possible. Before performing the yogasanas, you must perform the following yoga kriyas.
Yoga kriyas to perform
– Wash face with cold water. This will help in removing mucus from the corners of the eyes and make you feel fresh and energetic.
– You can then start with Neti kriya. Take some lukewarm saline water, draw it inside from one of the nostrils and let it flow out from the second nostril. This will help in cleaning of nasal area.
– Next kriya is tratak which includes staring at an object until water starts coming out of your eyes. You have to looking at a particular object without blinking your eyes for a few minutes until your eyes start watering.
– Kapaalbhaati is another very effective yogic kriya to fight sinusitis. You will have to exhale your breath in a strong and forceful manner, while inhalation will be normal. This will help in healing watery eyes and ease pain during sinusitis.
Yogasanas for sinusitis:
These asana will help in clearing the air passage and make way for proper flow of liquids from nose and the eyes.
– Greev chakker or neck rotation is a very effective asana used to treat sinusitis. Just move the neck from left to right and from right to left. This will give relief from sinusitis.
– Half uttanasana (Standing Half Forward bend)
– Veerbhadraasana (Warrior pose)
– Vajrasana (Diamond pose)
– Balasana (Child’s Pose)
– Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
– Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
– Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)
– Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand)
– Halasana (Plow Pose)
– Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand)
– Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)
– Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
Pranayama-yoga for sinusitis:
Though it may seem counter-intuitive, a consistent breathing practice can alleviate your sinus discomfort. Try the following practices focusing on keeping your prana (breath) moving smoothly. You may wish to blow your nose, or better yet, use a neti pot before you try these exercises.
Belly Breathing: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your hands on your belly. Breathe deeply into the belly, focusing on expanding the belly like a buddha, then draw the breath and energy up through your ribs, chest and shoulders. Exhale the same way, deflating your belly, chest and shoulders, and squeezing all the air out of your belly.
Calming: Sit comfortably. Bring your right hand out in front of you, palm facing you. Fold your index and middle fingers into the palm. Place your ring finger on your left nostril to close it off. Breathe into the right nostril for two counts. Close off the right nostril with the thumb and hold the breath for two counts. Release the left nostril, exhale for two counts. Close off the left nostril and hold the breath for two counts. Try visualizing a square. If it feels uncomfortable to hold the breath, simply pause instead. Increase the count as you become comfortable, making sure that you are doing equal counts for each action.