16 Gentle Yoga Poses for Cold and Flu Season


Now that fall is here, cold and flu season isn’t far behind. Of course, rest is key when you’re healing from illness, but some gentle yoga practice can give you a bit of temporary relief, as well. Like any other time that you’re practicing yoga, listen to your body. If it hurts or makes you feel worse, don’t do it.

Yoga isn’t going to address some of the more severe cold and flu symptoms. It’s not going to bring down a fever, alleviate chills or cure a sore throat. What it can do is help with some of the lingering symptoms from illness: headache, congestion and fatigue. I used Yoga Journal’s pose finder to look up postures by benefit, so you can find the ones that are right for you. The ones below are the gentlest poses listed for each symptom.

16 Gentle Yoga Poses for Cold and Flu Season

If you’re feeling up to it, try some of these gentle yoga poses for cold and flu symptoms.

Yoga Poses for Cold and Flu Season

If any of the poses below make you feel nauseated, dizzy or make your symptoms feel worse, definitely skip them. When your body is recovering from illness, it’s not the time to push yourself.

Headaches

1. Corpse Pose

2. Extended Puppy Pose

3. Legs Up the Wall

4. Seated Forward Bend

5. Reclining Hero

Congestion

6. Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

7. Standing Forward Bend – Note: if this pose makes you feel dizzy, skip it!

8. Bridge Pose

9. Bhramari Breathing

Fatigue

10. Bound Angle Pose

11. Child’s Pose

12. Cobra Pose

13. Half Lord of the Fishes

14. Happy Baby Pose

15. Revolved Head-to-Knee

16. Upward Salute

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