Yoga for Allergies

Yoga has many effects on the body, mind and nervous system.  Different poses and the way they are approached can support students in amazing ways.   There are sequences of poses that allow the body and nervous system to restore enabling the immune system to function stronger reducing or eliminating allergy symptoms.  The poses can be adjusted for each persons unique body to have a safe and effective experience.  While a basic series of poses created individually for you is ideal, below is a single pose to start the nervous system relaxation for your allergy relief practice.   

Settubanda Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)


Benefits:  Opens the chest and breathing passages, relaxes the body and nervous system

Props needed:  two blankets or bolsters and a strap or belt. 

Setup:  fold blankets so each one is approximately 6 inches wide and 2 to 3 feet long (or you can use two bolsters), place them end to end.  If you have a belt or strap place a loop in itl. 

Getting in, Being in, and Getting out of the pose

  • sit on the blankets and place the looped belt around your calves- snug but comfortable
  • with your knees bent recline onto the blankets with your spine fully supported
  • with your knees bent open your chest as you slide your shoulders off the blanket and bring your shoulders and head to the floor
  • Straighten your legs lengthening from the buttocks toward your heels to elongate your low back and keep your toes toward the ceiling to create space around your sacrum.  
  • Focus on breathing and relaxing through your face and throat
  • Stay for 1 to 5 minutes. 
  • To get out, bend the knees, carefully slide off the blankets, use your hands to come up slowly.  Remove belt from legs. 

Considerations:

  • Make sure the weight is on your shoulders and not your neck or head.
  • If your head or neck are sensitive add a blanket under your head and shoulders. 
  • Make sure to keep your lumbar spine long bending from the upper back and chest only- if there is sensitivity in the low back keep the knees bent.