Suffering from sinusitis can cause a lot of discomfort in day to day life. There’s difficulty in breathing because of
mucus buildup and swelling in nasal region, resulting in blocked nose. Also, this build up affects the whole face, the head feels heavy, swelling and redness in eyes area, blocked ears. Yoga brings a lot of relief for sinus patients. Practicing yoga regularly helps cure many ailments, sinus is one of them.
Surya Namaskar: the constant inhale-exhale combined with asanas help regulating the breath. Hence clearing the nasal congestion.
Yoga asanas: The forward bend asanas brings relief to the patient. Asanas like paschimottanasana, janushirshasana, pada-hasta asana, parvat asana, setubandh asana, sarvangasana, halasana, gomukhasana, bhujangasana relieve sinus discomfort.
Pranayama: By performing these gentle breathing exercises, you increase the oxygen flow to your blood and your brain, helping your body function more properly and relieving headache and other sinusitis symptoms. Kapalbhati, bhastrika, anulom-vilom are most beneficial for sinusitis.
Jalaneti: It is an effective Yogic practice to cure headache, insomnia, cough & cold, asthma and drowsiness.
Basically, it’s the nasal cleansing exercise with lukewarm salted water.
Mantra recitation: Both chanting as well as humming “OM” make sound vibrations. This make the air to move back and forth between sinus membranes and nasal passages. Thus the air movement opens tiny ducts that connect the nose to the sinuses. This allows the sinuses to drain completely.
Meditation: As it’s commonly known that stress can worsen the symptoms of any chronic disorder, including sinusitis. Meditation helps in enhancing body’s abilities to recover from stress.This improves our immunity and prevents frequent bouts of sickness.
Diet Management: Avoid cold food items like cold water, ice creams, heavy oily food, curds, coconut water, cold drinks etc. Increase intake of hot liquids like hot spice water, soups, semi solid food like porridge or khichdi.
Avoid milk and milk products till the time Sinus is cured.
And last but not the least, Rest and good sleep are two important factors for recovery in all the ailments.
Total Yoga is a balanced style of Yoga that focuses on Fitness training and Mindfulness practice equally.