5 Yoga Asanas to Prevent Common Cough and Cold

5 Yoga Asanas to Prevent Common Cough and Cold

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If you suffer from frequent cold and cough and can’t find an effective way to prevent it, start practicing yoga today. Well-known yoga expert, Sunaina Rekhi suggests some of these asanas to avoid cough and cold. They take only a few minutes and help you stay hale and hearty.

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Parvatasana or mountain pose

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The mountain pose helps in strengthening the muscles of your chest. The movement of hands helps tone the muscles around the chest and strengthen the lungs. This pose also helps detoxify the body and prevent infections.

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Steps to do the pose

  • Sit in sukhasana or easy pose and raise your hands towards the sky. Keep your palms facing each other
  • Now join both the hands and as you inhale, stretch your hands upwards. You will feel a gentle stretch in your abdominal muscles
  • Hold this pose for 12-15 seconds and relax
  • Repeat this asana five times

Ustrasana or the camel pose

Yoga Camel Pose

Ustrasana opens up the lungs and oxygenates the entire respiratory system. It activates the pharynx, the nasal passage and stimulates the nerves of the respiratory system.

Steps to do the pose

  • Kneel on a yoga mat and press your shin to the floor
  • Then place your hands on either side of your pelvis. Your palms should rest on the tip of your hip bone
  • Now push your tailbone downwards and forward while you keep your upper body upright
  • Inhale and gently lean back and tilt your head
  • Place your palms on the soles of your feet for added support
  • Hold this pose for fifteen seconds, and slowly come back to the starting position

Setubandhasana or bridge pose

Yoga Bridge Pose

The bridge pose opens up the chest and stimulates the thymus glands which boosts your immunity and prevents you against a cough and cold.

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Steps to do the pose

  • Lie on your back and bend your knees. Make sure to keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Now as you exhale, use the strength of your arms to push your pelvis off the floor towards the ceiling
  • Keep your body lifted for five deep, consecutive breaths
  • Repeat the pose 4-5 times

Kapalbhati pranayama or skull shining breath

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The kapalbhati pranayama is very effective in preventing or treating a cough. It helps expel toxins from the lungs. It also opens up the sinuses and allows the phlegm to drain.

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Steps to do the pose

  • Sit comfortably in sukhasana and keep your palms on your knees facing upwards.
  • Inhale and as you exhale through your nose pull in your stomach.
  • Now inhale and loosen your stomach muscles. Then contract your stomach muscles again and exhale.
  • Perform this 50 times and when you feel comfortable with the practice, increase the number of repetitions.
  • Practice this daily in the morning and evening.

Ujjayi Pranayama or victorious breathing

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When you practice ujjayi pranayam, the friction of the air getting into your body releases phlegm from the lungs, warms up the sinuses and helps eliminate the toxins from the body.

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Steps to do the pose

  • Sit comfortably in sukhasana or easy pose. Close your eyes and place your hands on your knees with your palms facing the ceiling
  • Inhale as you tighten your throat. While you do so, you should be able to hear a whistling sound
  • Hold your breath for about five minutes and slowly exhale. Tighten your throat while you exhale and make sure you hear a hissing sound
  • Do this 3-4 times initially and then increase the number of repetitions

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