Allergies, Restless Nights & Muscle Aches

If you feel like you're running empty and you still have tons of things to do, you can fix it with specific breathing techniques. According to Vasanthi Bhat, author of The Power of Conscious Breathing in Hatha Yoga, the techniques are proven to instantly revitalize body systems.

Follow these techniques:

For allergies, what you need is a histamine-regulating breath. Deep breathing activates the hypothalamus and prevents allergy symptoms like headaches, congestion and sneezing. Inhale deeply through your nose, relaxing your stomach and letting your belly round out. Hold the breath for one second, then exhale through your mouth. Do this in the morning, then twice more during the day.

A brain revving breath for restless nights. You can prevent next-day sluggishness and brain fog with right-nostril breathing. Block your left nostril with your thumb and inhale through your right nostril, filling your stomach with air, then your lungs. Pull your navel in toward the spine to force out air as you exhale. Repeat 25 times. Do this sequence whenever you need a pick me up. This technique activates the sympathetic nervous system, a group of nerves that supercharges the body.

For muscle aches, a body-relaxing breath. Inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four, then exhale through your mouth for a count of four. Do this twice, then lengthen each breath by one count until you are inhaling for a count of seven. The technique doubles the circulation of wam blood to the muscles, which provides healing oxygen.

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Anonymous said…
Nice information related health.
Anonymous said…
Hmm..lemme try that muscle reief tip that you posted.. Thansk for sharing as always.. ^^
Swubird said…
Wow! I sold have checked with your site earlier. My wife and I just underwent six weeks of training on how to breath to help with aching muscles and better sleep. Of course, there was other stuff too, but breathing was a big part of it. And the advice we got was pretty much the same as that in your post. Thanks doc.

Happy trails.
Anonymous said…
I remember breathing when I was giving birth.
It didn't help then, so I'm a bit doubtful it will now when I'm not in excruciating pain.

But I'll try! I can certainly use some relaxation.