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Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief

author image Desiree McKenzie
Desiree McKenzie started writing professionally in 1999. She specializes in parenting, yoga, spirituality, health and wellness topics. McKenzie's portfolio includes informational and fact-based articles for health and fitness websites such as LIVESTRONG.COM. She is a certified yoga teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The College of New Jersey.
Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief
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Blocked sinuses can cause nasal congestion, headaches and sometimes make it hard for you to breathe easily. Certain yoga poses help with sinus relief and circulate blood to your sinuses, the chambers around your nasal passages, to alleviate the discomfort clogged sinuses can cause. Because breathing is a key element of practicing yoga, continue to deeply inhale and exhale through your nose the best you can.


Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief
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Shoulderstand is a basic inversion in which the body is supported by the shoulders and upper arms. According to B.K.S. Iyengar, author of "Yoga--The Path to Holistic Health," Shoulderstand helps relieve sinus blockages. To use this pose, lie flat on your back. Bend your knees and hug them to your chest. Bring your feet over your head so your shoulders support your body weight. Bring your palms to your lower back. Your upper arms remain on the floor. Engage your core muscles and reach the balls of your feet toward the ceiling. Keep your gaze straight up to protect your neck. Stay in Shoulderstand for 20 seconds, or longer if your body tolerates it. Shoulderstand also is a good pose to use when you have low energy, according to Timothy McCall, Yoga Journal's medical editor.

Downward Facing Dog

Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief
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Downward Facing Dog is an inverted arm-supported yoga pose that helps blood flow to your sinuses. Come to your hands and knees on your yoga mat. Press into your palms as you move your hips up and back. Straighten your legs and extend your heels down toward the mat, although they may or may not reach the floor. Your body will resemble an elongated, upside down "V." Stay in Downward Facing Dog for up to one minute.

Standing Forward Fold

Yoga Poses for Sinus Relief
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Standing Forward Fold is a standing yoga posture in which you fold your torso over your thighs. Forward bends direct your immune system’s attention to your sinuses, which helps with sinus relief. Stand at the front of a yoga mat. Separate your legs hip-width and make sure your feet are parallel to one another. Bend your knees and fold your torso over your thighs. Let your hands reach to the floor and continue to bend your knees so your hips point toward the ceiling. Stay in Standing Forward Fold for one minute. This pose works to drain your lungs.

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