Oh my goodness, I'd never tried alternate nostril breathing, but that worked amazingly! I can't remember the last time I was able to breathe that freely... I will definitely be incorporating that into my practice from now on. Thank you so much for suggesting it, CAROLJEAN64!
OhMyGosh CAROLJEAN64!!! Thank you. I used to do that all the time before I started treatment of my allergies. It gave me more relief than anything! I totally haven't done it lately because I forgot about it.
Oh man, I feel your pain. I have the same exact allergies plus several more. Miserable indoors and outdoors. I diffuse essential oils (usually lavender, lemon, and peppermint but have found several that "de"-flames the sinuses) when my medicine wears off. Also, when I do a really intense yoga session, I like to use those breathe right strips. It's not perfect but I do spend more time practicing yoga than thinking about my ailments. :-) Hope that helps.
I have some pretty irritating "seasonal" allergies; they get worse in the spring and summer, but since I also react to dust and mold I have symptoms pretty much all the time. The chronic congestion makes it really hard to get the breathing right during my yoga practice, and when I don't have congestion, I have inflammation. Most of the time I can't breathe through my nose very well, if at all, and if I try I just can't get enough air. Sometimes the sinus pressure makes it impossible to do backbends (ordinarily my favorite poses) without throbbing and intense pain in my head.
I am working with my doctor to find something that can control my allergies more fully, but in the meantime does anyone here have any tips for practicing yoga with allergies or sinus/nasal congestion? And I guess a second question would be: how important is it, really, to breathe through the nose (or in through the nose and out through the mouth, etc.) during practice?
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