Yoga for Sinusitis: Here are 5 Easy to Do Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief!

Yoga for Sinusitis: Here are 5 Easy to Do Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief!

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Bajaj Finserv Health
December 22, 20215 mins read

Key Takeaways

  • Doing yoga for sinusitis is an effective way to get sinusitis relief
  • Consuming immunity booster foods can also help prevent sinus infections
  • Practicing yoga in winters can protect you from sinusitis and related diseases

Contracting sinusitis means you have inflammations and blockages in your sinuses. The usual causes for this medical condition include cold, virus, or allergies. It is a common health issue and may resolve on its own in some cases. Though medications help in sinusitis treatment, they may have some side effects. Doing yoga for sinusitis is an option that not only gives you relief but also has no side effects.

The advantage of yoga is not just about sinusitis relief, but the fact that regular practice can even boost your immunity. This is why experts stress the importance of yoga for beating sinus infections and improving overall health. To know about the yoga poses that will help you get sinusitis relief, read on.

Pranayama

Pranayama is a breathing exercise that helps decongest your sinuses and prevent infections. There are different types of pranayama for sinus. Here are three most common ones.

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In this exercise, you keep one nostril closed and breathe in through the other. Then close the second nostril and breathe out through the first one. This clears the congestion in your sinuses and eases the flow of air. It also boosts your immunity and improves blood flow to the brain. 

To perform this yoga, sit cross-legged and upright on the floor. After this, put your left hand on your knee and close your night nostril with the right thumb. Breathe deeply through your left nostril. Release your thumb and close your left nostril with your right ring finger. Exhale slowly through your right nostril. Now inhale from your right nostril with your left one blocked by the right ring finger. Release your ring finger, block your right nostril with your thumb and exhale through your left nostril. Do 10 rounds of this pose and relax. You can perform this exercise 3-4 times a day.

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Bhramari Pranayama

This is also known as the humming bee breath. According to a study in 2019, this pranayama is an effective treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis [2]. It helps ventilate your sinuses by its anti-inflammatory effects and mechanical cleaning. 

To start, sit in a quiet and ventilated room in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now, close your ear flaps with your thumbs. Place your index fingers just above your eyebrows and the other fingers on your eyes. Apply gentle pressure on the side of your nose and concentrate on the area between your eyebrows. With your mouth closed, exhale through your nose. While exhaling, hum the sound of Aum. You can repeat this exercise 5 times.

Kapalbhati

This exercise is also known as skull shining breathing exercise. It clears your sinuses and any blockages in your respiratory system. It also enhances brain functions, such as memory, and treats cold and cough. 

To do this exercise, sit in any comfortable asana with your eyes closed and back straight. Place your hands on your knees with the palms facing up. Take a normal breath and exhale in a rhythmic, short, forceful breath. You can also compress your stomach to exhale forcefully from your lungs and diaphragm. Ensure that you inhale naturally while compressing your stomach. You may start doing this exercise for 2 minutes and gradually increase the time to 10 minutes.

Bhujangasana

This is one of the best poses for your lungs. It helps you breathe easily, which makes it an effective yoga for sinus problems. It is also helpful in treating thyroid and gynecological conditions as well as helps you lose weight. 

You can start this yoga pose by lying on your stomach on the floor. Keep your palms near your shoulder and your legs slightly apart. Take a deep breath and push your upper body up. Look up and hold this pose as long as you can. While exhaling, return to your original position on the floor. You may repeat this exercise 5 times for effective results.

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Ustrasana

Also known as the camel pose, this practice is very good for sinusitis. It gives you sinusitis relief by clearing your stuffy nasal passage. It also helps improve eyesight and digestion.

You can start this pose by kneeling on the floor with your feet apart. Inhale, look up, and start bending backwards. While bending back, keep your hands on your lower back. Now try and grab your heels while pushing your glutes forward. Do not put any strain on your neck. Hold this position for about 20 seconds. Exhale, put your hand on your lower back and return to the original pose. 

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Sarvangasana

This pose helps calm your mind and soothe your nerves. It is also known as the mother of all asanas. It aids in sinusitis relief and other conditions from allergy. It also prevents your body from further infection and improves the blood flow in your lungs.

You can start this pose by lying down on the floor with your legs side by side, and arms resting on both sides of the body. Lift your legs so that they are perpendicular to the floor. Gently move your back and pelvis from the floor and support your back with your palms. Ensure that your forearms are on the ground and that your body forms a straight line. Try touching your chin to your chest and focus on your feet.

Doing these poses of yoga in winters can also give you relief from body stiffness, aches and pains. Consuming immunity booster foods and performing these asanas can protect you from recurring viral infections. Other than yoga for sinus infection, you can also try ayurvedic treatment for cold such as including ginger, honey, or tulsi in your diet. 

While all these help, they may not always be the answer for sinusitis treatment. If your infection persists, consult your doctor to get the best possible treatment. You can book an appointment for in-clinic or online doctor consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health. This way you can address your sinus problems with ease and get the right treatment on time.

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6521749/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6521749/

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