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Sunflower2010-07-04 15:32:59 +0000 #1
I have come down with a cold, a really nasty one. I can hardly swallow 'cause my throat is so soar, I cough constantly and I sound like a crow. My nose is not very runny yet, so at least I can breath through it - so far.

How do you do with your yogasessions when you feel like this? I haven't been able to do anything for a few days and I'm so restless!!

Are there any asanas that are particularly good when you have a cold? No physically challenging ones of course, but maybe some that helps open up the throat, lungs and chest?

/Jenny - who's feeling really, really sorry for herself!
justwannabe2010-07-04 15:36:56 +0000 #2
when your sick it is time to go into cleansing mode, not postures but you may want to look into the six purification techniques of yoga. Personally I fast when my body does not feel hungry and this speeds up getting rid of the cold
Sunflower2010-07-04 15:46:23 +0000 #3
I'm on a non voluntary fast since I can't eat anything! I live on warm water with honey and an occasional piece of chocolate (it makes the throat a little less soar, a trick I learned from my singing teacher). I'm not hungry though, just tired. To add to my misery I have to work this weekend, and I work with technical support over the phone. Excellent job when your voice is practically non existent...

I haven't heard of the six purification techniques, but I'll look into it! Thanks!
Hubert2010-07-04 16:17:59 +0000 #4
Best for a cold is forgetting about work, and rest. I realize this might be impossible but it is something should be given serious consideration. Think: if you notice the signs of a cold, if you take a few days off, rest, drink a lot of fluids, take huge quantities of vitamin C (preferably from fruit or vegetable juice), you probably get better in a few days, maximum a week, if it's a really tough virus or you are weak (due to stress, to much work and so on).

If you neglect it, going to work, it will heal in much more time, and you might need antibiotics. (not against the virus,because they are not affected by them, but for the bacterial suprainfection what usually occurs)

It is hard to just relax and not do anything, but it is exactly what you need to do. Also, as far as I know, it is advised not to do any yoga when you suffer from an acute illness. The body has it's own intelligence, much wiser than our average conscience. Let it do it's job. beleive me, it does everything it can to get you out of trouble. Trust it, and all will be allright.

Anxiety usually makes the immune system weak. Any kind of anxiety. If you are anxious to continue your practice, you weaken your immunity. Any kind of agitation, restelessness of the mind just works against you.
Sunflower2010-07-04 17:09:35 +0000 #5
So it's all about savasana for me for the next couple of days.

The thing is I become so very very stiff in my joints and muscles when I just lie still and rest. And it begins to hurt.

Very well... Thanks for you answer. Now I'm just going to survive the last 90 minutes of work, then I'm planning on sleeping untill tuesday.
Hubert2010-07-04 17:44:41 +0000 #6
You are welcome.

Your body will indicate when you can do asana. If you have been practicing for a while, after the acute phase of your illness passes, you might feel again doing asanas. They surley will help you to recover. Just don't push them too hard, until you are completely recovered.
Sunflower2010-07-04 18:12:07 +0000 #7
I haven't been practicing yoga for very long at all, but I have very good communication with my body. My yoga instructor has many times given me credit for listening so good to what my body is telling me. It gets that way when you have had a lot of pain for many year, you learn to listen and respect your body very well.

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