Yoga for sinusitis

I’ve lived all my life with chronic sinusitis, and at the age of 6, had surgery to help alleviate the effects of this condition. Even after that, I still get sinus attacks ever so often, although the frequency of it has reduced as I’ve gotten older. 

Although it’s easy to reach for antihistamines each time I’m hit by the effects of this condition, there are no doubts side effects that come with this “quick fix” solution.

However, there is a more natural way to treat or manage this condition – through a consistent yoga practice. Yoga can help increase blood circulation, and some asanas can help open the air passage of the nose and ease breathing. There are also some useful pranayamas that can help. 

Here’s a list that I plan to try for myself on a more regular basis:

Asanas – identify poses that open your chest, some gentle inversions

  • Bhujangasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Sarvangasana

Pranayamas – the ones that I’ve been taught to do, but there are others that you can try, just make sure you have a professional that can guide you through them

  • Anulom vilom
  • Kapalabhati