First What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinus cavities. The sinuses are hollow pockets with air located on both sides of the nose, behind and in between the eyes and in the forehead area. The sinuses produce mucus that helps to clean and moisten the membranes (nasal lining) of the nose and throat. Each sinus has an opening into the nose that allows air exchange. Sinus pressure, results when these openings become occluded. As mucus builds so does the pressure with- in the sinus cavities. With this increased pressure the sinus membranes become irritated and can swell(inflammation) and cause further blockage. With this increased blockage mucus becomes trapped and increases the possibility of bacterial growth. An acute bacterial infection will need treatment, most often with an antibiotic.
Allergic sinusitis can be controlled mostly with a consistent yoga practice. Yoga helps both in the moment (at the time of practice) and cumulatively with relief from the symptoms.
Several poses for relieving sinus are;
Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand) This helps the mucus to move decreasing the blockage therefore decreasing the increased inflammation and risk for bacterial growth. Inversions act as a natural flushing mechanism for the blocked sinuses. The blood circulates with tremendous force into the stagnated areas, clearing away the secretions to clear the passageways and restore free breathing.
Ardha Halasana (Supported Half Plow Pose) This again will help with the flow of mucus. Causing a natural flushing like effect decreasing sinus pressure and blockage alleviating symptoms.
Note; The sinuses may remain blocked at first; but after some time in the poses, as the practitioner relaxes, the sinuses usually open up, bringing relief.
Practice more intense inversions such as a headstand only after the disorder is alleviated. At that point, regular practice of inversions helps keep the sinuses and respiratory tract healthy.
Happy practicing Lovelies! Namaste