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5 Yoga Postures To Cure Sinus During Winter

By Mona Verma

Sinus or sinusitis is a very common ailment that people suffer from in winters; and you'll find every third person suffering from it.Patients feel quite uneasy to breath as compared to the normal cold and may try various ways to get rid of it.

It follows with a continuously running nose, throbbing headache and watery eyes and, of course, it badly affects your daily routine and you remain irritated the entire day. You may land up visiting your doctor and taking medicines, but these can provide only temporary relief.

In order to get a complete relief, switch over to YOGA, which will cure your other problems as well, and YES, it is free of cost. You can try the following suggested asanas to get an answer to your problem and it will really work.


Bhastrika Pranayama:

This provides an immense relief from sinus and also helps to shed weight and reduce belly fat. Generally, throat and sinus are like two sides of the same coin. So, it helps to treat both.

Procedure To Perform The Asana:
1. Sit and relax in any meditative pose that is comfortable for you, preferably Padmasana, and start inhaling and exhaling slowly.
2. Gradually, start forceful inhaling and exhaling and at the end of the round, take a deep breath followed by Kumbhaka (retention of breath) and exhale slowly.
3. Relax for sometime and again start the above process for 10 times.
4. Make sure you produce a humming sound while performing this asana.
5. Perform this asana either in the morning or evening.


Anulom Vilom Pranayama:

Also known as Nadisodhana Pranayama (nadi means naval), this asana purifies the naval by removing congestion, which ensures a free flow of blood in the naval. This pose removes the blockage from the nasal passages.

Procedure To Perform The Asana:
1. Prefer a comfortable sitting position, ensuring your neck and back to be straight.
2. Now, place your right thumb on your right nostril and inhale slowly from the left nostril and then exhale. Change the side and follow the same. Repeat the same for 10-15 times.
3. Just be calm and close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing pattern.


Suryabhedi Pranayama:

"Surya" means sun and "bhedand" means to pierce, which means this asana helps to kill the germs found in the sinus region.

Procedure To Perform The Asana:
1. Sit in a comfortable position, which suits you and start with your left nostril with your ring and little fingers.
2. Now enchant deep OM while inhaling through your right nostril at a stretch. Hold your breath for as long as you can and exhale slowly through your left nostril.
3. Repeat 10-15 times, changing from your right to left nostril.



Procedure To Perform The Asana:
1. Sit straight and fold your legs. Now, lift your left heel touching your right hips. Sit for a while in this position.
2. Raise your left arm, and bend it, keeping it close to your ear, take the right arm from the side, and try to minimise the gap as much as you can. Gradually, you'll be able to hold both your hands at the back.
3. Repeat the same with your right foot and count till 10 to maintain the position.
4. Look straight by keeping your back straight too.
5. Inhale and exhale slowly. You will find an improvement in your breathing pattern.



Also known as the ‘Mother of all asanas', this asana helps to treat sinus also, apart from treating many other diseases and disorders.

Procedure To Perform The Asana:
1. Lie down straight.
2. Raise both your legs and keep them at 90 degrees, keeping your hands under your hips, giving them a support. Then, raise your body, keeping your legs straight and tall.
3. Rise up to that level, where you are able to touch your chest with your chin. Count till 10 and maintain the position.
4. Carefully and slowly get down to the normal position and rest.
5. Repeat it 5-7 times.

Therefore, all these poses if performed alternately can provide you relief from sinus and let you enjoy during the winter months. But, make sure you consult your doctor or a yoga instructor before performing any of these asanas. Once you are healthy and perform these asanas, you'll surely get relieved from your sinus problem.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 18:30 [IST]
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