Are you someone that is plagued with a yearly bout of cough, congestion and possibly more if given time to fester and grow? You don’t need to give in and endure it each season. Take steps to become more in balance and prevent the mucus and congestion causing such discomfort but if you find you’re already there these poses can assist your recovery;

Uttanasana: standing forward bend

To begin stand with your feet hip’s distance apart. Swan dive forward brining your hands to the floor or onto your shins as you inhale lengthen your spine creating a long straight spine and as you exhale fold over your legs. Your knees can be bent slightly if this is more comfortable.

This pose is calming and relieves stress; it also alleviates sinus pressure and is therapeutic for asthma and sinusitis.

Bridge (supported): half wheel

Lie on the floor with your knees bent and heels near your buttocks, hands flat on the floor next to your body should reach your heels. If you want you can place a rolled up towel or blanket under your shoulders to protect your neck. With your inhale press into your feet lifting your hips high, making sure to have your knees working toward one another. Broaden the shoulder blades and if it feels comfortable interlace your hands under your tailbone increasing the lift.

You can always put a yoga block or bolster under your tailbone if this is too much.

This is a great stretch of the chest, neck and spine. It stimulates abdominal organs, lungs and the thyroid as well as therapeutic for asthma, sinusitis, headache and anxiety.

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