As we all continue our social distancing, and during those cherished walks outside, many are now facing seasonal allergies on top of everything else! Our yoga practice can help to relieve symptoms, and also help reduce the intensity of future attacks.
Patanjali speaks of pains that can and should be avoided are the ones that are yet to come. PYS 2.16 We should do everything to bolster up our breathing systems when we are well – like making an insurance payment.
Patanjali also says that labored breathing along with sorrow, despair, and an unsteady body will distract our efforts to know our consciousness. PSY 1.31 Even more reason to keep up our asana and pranayama practice. Less sorrow, despair, shaky body, or labored breathing seems like a good thing to work on now and always.
Sometimes breathing is restricted due to congestion in the nasal and sinus pathways, other times the throat and/or lungs seem to be the problem. The irritant could be allergens, or some other virus or infection. When using yoga therapeutically we have to have a phased sort of approach. If the problem is active, we need to practice relieving the obvious symptoms. But if the problem is dormant, mild, or recurring we can phase in a more active practice to strengthen our selves.
The practice sheet has within it a restorative sequence to help ease breathing difficulty, as well as a big forward bend sequence. You can edit the groups of poses based on your energy level and time.