Chest congestion refers to inflammation of the lower respiratory tract, which causes difficulty in breathing. Chest congestion is usually caused due to an infection by an external agent, virus or bacteria.
As mucus accumulates in the chest region, there is congestion, resulting in a blockage of free movement of air. There are specific yoga poses meant for chest congestions. The poses target relieving the mucus from the area and reducing the congestion caused. Here are a few yoga poses for chest congestion:
Various Yoga Poses For Chest Congestion
This asana gets its name as the final position you take resembles that of a bow. This pose stretches and generates stress in stomach, chest, neck and back. The pose is also a great relaxation for someone who is having cold. Lie on your stomach keeping your hands beside you with the palms up. Exhale and bend your knees, slowly taking your heals close to your buttocks.
Hold your ankles with your hands by reaching back. Now inhale and slowly start lifting your thighs away from the floor. Simultaneously, lift the chest away from the floor and look forward. Continue to breathe normally and stay in this pose for about 20 seconds. Exhale and release back to original position. Relax for a few breaths and repeat the entire process. This leads to better breathing and eases the reach of fresh air to the lungs.
Standing Forward Bending Pose
It is one of the most common poses of yoga and also the most beneficial in the case of chest congestion. Stand straight with hands on your hips. Now exhale and bend forward from the hips and not from the waist. Try to bring your palms or fingers to the top of the floor without bending your knees. Place them beside your feet on either side.
Stay in the pose for 5 counts. Then inhale and lift the front torso slightly. When you exhale again, release more into a fully forward bend. Your head dropped down below the knees starts exchanging fresh oxygen which helps in cleaning your congestion and makes you more energetic.
Bound Angle Pose
First, sit on the floor with a straight spine. Then keep a bolster or pillow parallel to your spine, such that it is behind you. Bend the knees and let your legs move to the side. Now lie down with your back and head supported on the bolster.
As you stretch, the chest starts to open up. Your arms should be on your side with palms facing up. Continue to keep your legs bent. Breathe normally in this pose for about 15 minutes and then slowly come back to normal position.
Pad your knees with a thick blanket or pillow. Kneel on the floor and move your thighs slightly inwards. Press your shins and top of your feet firmly on the floor. Keep your hands on the back of your pelvis and touch your feet, extending your chest outwards. Take five deep breaths holding the same posture.
Be careful while resuming back to the normal posture because it may sometimes leave an intense strain on your back. Don’t take all your weight on your back. Allow your hands to get support from feet which will increase stretch on your chest. This makes a clean passage for air through your chest wearing off congestion.
This is a complex pose and is often difficult for beginners. From Sarvangasana pose, exhale and bend the hip joints. Now lower the toes to the floor and beyond the head. Keep the legs fully stretched. Soften the throat and draw the chin away from the body. You can release the hands from the back and stretch them on the floor for support.
Breathe deeply staying in this posture for 1 minute. Breathing in this pose comforts your chest, loosening the hold of congestion. It is also a good therapy for sinusitis. This asana, if not performed properly can cause injury and hence must be done with care.
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