Renew & Restore Detox Kit
- Clear away brain fog
- Ignite your digestive fire
- Rev up your energy
Getting back into the swing of things after the holidays or travel (or just dealing with life) sometimes lends itself to a case of the common cold. You know what it’s like: foggy head, stuffy nose, scratchy throat, dry eyes, general feeling of malaise. And before long, you sound just like Kermit the Frog!
Rest, hydration, and time are often the best remedies for the common cold. But if you’re feeling well enough to move around, try this yoga asana sequence, even when you have the sniffles.
Before you begin, make yourself a cup of tea and take a hot shower or bath.
Essential oils will help clear the nasal passage and allow you to breathe a bit clearer.
Setting an intention before you practice will set the tone for your practice and your healing.
Sit quietly and set an intention for your practice. For example, you may set an intention of clarity, detoxification, wellness, health, or any positive word that resonates with you.
These stretches can help relieve neck and shoulder tenderness that may build up as you cough, rest, or sleep during healing. Do only as much as your body feels is OK and allows. If breathing is challenging, try these for just a few moments and use the essential oils.
This self-massage can also help to relieve any neck and shoulder tenderness from coughing, resting, or sleeping during healing. Allow your hands to find the sore spots and open up areas that feel blocked.
The flowing spinal movements between Cow to Cat Pose will help to release tightness built up in the joints and muscles as your body heals from a cold.
Downward-Facing Dog Pose can help clear the sinuses, bringing energy to the head and respiratory area. You may only wish to hold for a few moments as the pressure will certainly build in your head, nose, and eyes.
This forward-folding pose can help relieve tightness in the neck, shoulders, and back. You may only wish to hold for a few moments, as the pressure may build in your head, nose, and eyes.
This squatting pose can help relieve tension and tightness in the hips, low back, groin, and pelvis.
This playful pranayama technique symbolizes release and letting go as well as physically clears the throat and stretches the facial muscles.
Meditation will help to integrate all of the poses and practice into your healing.
Stay in a comfortable seat and enjoy a short-seated meditation. Use the essential oils to continue to clear your nose and throat as you transition back into your day.
If your nose is stuffed and you’ve got some sniffles, make sure to rest and drink tons of tea and water. If you’re feeling well enough to move around, hopefully this movement will stimulate circulation, relieve inflammation, and create an overall sense of well-being. Happy healing!
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