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Yoga poses to get relief from flu

Author: Steve Davis | January 28th, 2018

Yoga to get rid of flu

With the fall of the new season, people suffer from cold and fever; it is nothing but a flu that creates temporary turmoil in the daily life.Of course, during this time you need rest but some gentle yoga practice can give great relief. Yoga heals but it is also a fact that it cannot be substituted for medicine, cure cold or flu symptoms, it controls the fever, sore throat, reduces chill, and give relief from throat congestion, headache, and fatigue.


Hot Yoga gives many more benefits like it loosen the tight muscles and joints, gives relaxation to the mind, helps you to breathe deeply and fully, and increase circulation of the blood.Cobra and Bow pose opens the chest and the lungs and in turn, helps boost the Thymus glands which are located just towards the center of the chest and boost the T-cells in the immune system. If flue is severe, it is best to take a rest for the initial 1 to 3 days. Once you started feeling better, return back to the Yoga teacher training India classes.


Standing poses are more beneficial than inversion poses, as inversion poses can make breathing difficult for the infected persons especially who is suffering from congestion. Even Savasana is best which you do at the end of the yoga session. To do Shavasana you can also place the towel roll from the lower spine to head to open the breathing.


Do these following poses whenever you feel like, but while doing the same listen to your body.And whenever you feel these poses are causing dizziness, making you uncomfortable and nauseated, it is better to skip.

So Here We Go:

Uttasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Whenever you feel better, get on the mat for Uttasana. Stand up and bend the body forward to touch the toes. The pose provides stretch to the back and hamstrings, reduces anxiety, give relief from a headache and improve digestion.

How to do it?

  • Stand straight, bring both your feet together, and slightly bend your knees and torso over your legs, stretching your hips slightly upwards.
  • Touch the toes with your hands or keep them near to your feet.
  • Inhale, and expand your chest and lengthen your spine while keeping the face forward.
  • Exhale and press both the legs straight. Lift the knee caps and spiral your inner thighs up and back. Also, keep your legs straight.
  • On an exhalation, bring your torso down without rounding the back and remain in this position for few minutes.
  • If you are finding difficulty in touching the toes, you can further bend your knees, till your hands touch the toes. Keep your chin pressed and chest towards knees and thighs to gain maximum stretch. Remember not to lock the knees and keep a slight bend to prevent injury.

Paschimottasana (Seated Forward Bend)

It is a very calming pose and is also known as seated forward fold. This pose requires considerable amount of flexibility and for many, it might be difficult to touch the foot. This pose balances the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus and can cure the person of many diseases and of course reduces the symptom of the flue.

How to do it?

  • Sit comfortably towards the edge of the blanket with legs stretched in front of you. Reach towards the heels.If you are a beginner you can bend your knees and slowly straighten the legs as soon flexibility builds up.
  • Inhale and bring your arms out towards the side and then raise it overhead and lengthen your spine.
  • Exhale and bend forward to try to touch the toes with your hands while resting the arms on the floor on both sides of the legs, while stretching the front of your torso.
  • Hold your ankles, shins or feet whenever your flexibility permits.You can also wrap a yoga strap or towel around the soles while holding it tightly with both hands.
  • Allow the belly to touch the legs first, then chest and subsequently head and nose.
  • As you inhale, lengthen the front torso and with exhale, fold it dip deeper.
  • Remain in the pose for one minute and then release yourself from the pose.

Salamba Setu Bandhasana (Supported Bridge Pose)

This pose opens the chest and increases circulation of the upper torso. It is a versatile back bend pose, depending on the level you would like to achieve. It is also a very cool and calming pose.

How to do it?

  • Lie in the supine position on the floor, and if you require place a folded blanket under your shoulders to give protection to the neck.
  • Bend your knees and keep your feet on the floor while heels very near to the sitting bones.
  • Exhale and press your inner feet and arms on the floor.
  • Press your tailbone towards the pubic.
  • Lift the buttocks from the floor while keeping the thighs and feet parallel to each other.
  • If you want, you can clasp your hands below your pelvis and put pressure on the shoulders.
  • Keep the buttocks and thigh parallel to the floor and in a way that the knees are just above the heels but pushed slightly away from the hips.
  • Put the stretch on the tailbone and lift the pubis.
  • Remember to keep your chin lifted away from the sternum, and broaden the shoulders to leave a space towards the base of the neck.
  • Remain in this pose from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Exhale; release yourself and the role the spine down towards the floor.
  • By doing these poses as suggested, you can always remain energized, build the immune system and keep the symptoms of flu at bay.

Summary: The article above is about the Yoga Poses which we can do to get relief from the symptoms of the flu and feel rejuvenated and energized again.

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Author Bio:-  Born with a compassionate heart, Steve is a leading writer and a yoga fanatic from India. An avid traveler, he has visited the recesses of his motherland, only to come back with intricate information about ancient practices, which he shares through his writing. He is actively involved in yoga and run yoga school. To know more about him, visit: https://www.shaktiyogapeeth.com/