Yoga An Allergy Anti-dote?

Below is a short paraphrased article I recently stumbled upon in Yoga Journal Magazine, stating thatyoga can help reduce allergy symptoms by tempering your immune system’s response to pollen and other possible allergens.”Allergies are worsened by a stress reaction, which causes physiological responses, including the release of stress hormones and histamine, and triggers inflammation,” says Jeff Migdow, M.D., a holistic physician at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. “Relaxation diminishes fight-or-flight response, and thereby reduces allergic symptoms.” Through relaxation, the nervous system basically tells the immune system to hold its fire. Once the immune system backs off, the inflammation and mucus decrease, and symptoms diminish. 

Migdow suggests you make de-stressing your immune system a priority by modifying your yoga practice to be less vigorous and much more calming. ”

Gary Kraftsow, the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute and the author of Yoga for Wellness, adds: “When allergies flare up, avoid anything that may add insult to injury and keep energy up, since allergies are also associated with low energy.”

Harriet Russell, who is a holistic health educator, yoga teacher, and director of a Yoga and Wellness Center in Cleveland, Ohio, says that a variety of yoga postures can help clear the upper respiratory tract and drain congestion. Standing poses—forward and backward bends, and twists—in your practice, all of which tend to massage various parts of the spine and the thoracic cage and condition the lungs. “Strong lung meridians help strengthen immune-system functioning,” she explains.

Yoga is good for you on so many levels. I encourage you to find a style that suits you best.



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