Tips to relieve a cold and feel better
Dec 14, 2017
It seems that with December the cold finally arrived and with it the number of colds! Winter is the time of accumulation of kapha, with its arrival we notice cold, heaviness and humidity, which are qualities of this dosha composed of water and earth. That is why we are more susceptible to illnesses like colds and flu. If right now any of you feel a little tired, with low energy, have nasal congestion or sore throat, you may be interested in the following tips:
Do I practice or not practice Yoga?
- Lower the intensity of your practice: Practice Yoga gently, always listening to the rhythm and language of the body. Make smoother transitions between one posture and another, forget about jumping back and forth in vinyasas. You will return to them when you recover.
- When you feel general discomfort, in some postures, you can use blankets to facilitate the practice. Incorporate some restorative asanas like Balasana, Supta Baddha Konasana or Viparita Karani.
- Do postures that invite you to open your chest to stimulate the Thymus (the gland of happiness and vital energy) and that, at the same time, favor breathing such as Matsyasana, Bhujangasana or Setu Bhandasana.
- If you have a hard time breathing and your lungs suffer, practice extensions or posterior bends such as the Sphinx or Ustrasana.
- Look for a yoga practice in a warm room and a comfortable Savasana with blankets.
Natural cold remedies
- It is recommended to use the Jala Neti, a technique nasal cleansing that helps in relieving cough, cold and the effects of sinusitis. This ancient method uses hot salt water to clean the mucus accumulated in the nasal passage. Once the passage is clean, it is less prone to infection. At YogaYe we do them every morning and it goes well!
- With the cold, the nasal mucous membranes are more sensitive and dry, we can also apply 2 or 3 drops of sesame oil in the nostrils.
- Accompany the day with this very hot infusion of turmeric, honey and cinnamon. A natural remedy, par excellence, for chills, colds and flu.