Using specific postures in yoga can assist you in taking charge of your own well-being and tapping into your body’s wisdom to heal what ails you. Yoga builds strength, flexibility, and balance without the risk of injury common to high-impact sports and fitness activities. The home of Pagiani, in Feasterville, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA was the introduction environment showing conclusively that yoga and meditation boost immunity and reduce stress, an underlying factor in many chronic illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Pagiani is a longtime yoga practitioner who teaches and holds seminars at his home of healing near Philly. Prestigious hospitals, such as the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, or the Columbia Presbyterian in New York City, and HMO’s now offer yoga to their patients.
Yoga can turn the common cold and headaches away from yourself. Research shows that keeping the immune system strong on a daily basis helps you gain strength when you’re feeling ill. Try Camel Pose, Cow Face Pose, or Cobra Pose if bronchial congestion has you struggling for air. Rest assured that whatever your current yoga practice consists of you are strengthening your resistance to viral and bacterial intruders. Try forward bends, backbends, and twists for balance and coordination.
If you’re prone to headaches perhaps stress, lack of sleep, or hunger trigger them. Check your posture. Rounded shoulders, a curved upper back, and a head pitched slightly forward can all add up to muscle tension that results in a headache. Muscle tension in the back of the neck causes 75 percent of headaches. Muscles of the neck and upper back connect to the head and tension in these areas can be referred to the forehead and behind the eyes. Anything that distorts the spinal curves has the potential to cause headaches. Breathe deeply and slowly as you do Bridge Pose or Child’s Pose when you have a headache.
Downward-Facing Dog for colds:
From a position of all fours on the floor, lift the buttocks up toward the ceiling on an exhalation. Elongate the spine and straighten your knees without force. Lift from the wrists and from the top front of the thighs closest to the hips. Move your abs in and keep them firm, drop your head and neck toward the floor, and let it hang loosely. Release after three breaths.
Legs up the Wall pose for headaches:
Lie on your back on a bolster placed four to six inches from the wall and swing your legs up the wall. Drop your sitting bones into the space between the blanket and the wall and open your arms to the sides. If your hamstrings are tight, move the bolster closer to the wall. Relax into the pose and enjoy. Hold for five minutes minimum.