Yoga Routine Advice For Cold and Cough

by Bharat

I am 60 years old. I am quite healthy. I get up at 4 A.M. First I do bhastrika, then some hand exercises, then I do kapalabhati for 300 times. Then I do tribandh and then anulom vilom for 5 minutes.

After that I do some asanas like vajrasana etc. I do 6 type of exercises while lying on the floor. Then I get up and do some standing exercises.

Then I do my breakfast. After 10-15 minute break, I do some osho meditation with osho music.

I have become quite active after this routine. But recently I am suffering from common cold and cough frequently. There is a mix weather, hot and cold during nights.

I seek your guidance for improving improving my health.

Thanks
Bharat

Answer

Keep up your regular yoga practice. Here is my advice on your routine.

1. Do any free hand exercises, stretching or warm up exercises before starting with yoga.

2. Thereafter do your asanas.

3. Then do bhastrika and kapalabhati, tribandh. Do some deep breathing for 5 minutes and then do anulom vilom.

4. Rest in shavasana for 5 minutes.

5. Do your meditation. In case you do meditation after breakfast, you will feel sleepy or experience low energy levels which is not conducive for meditation.

6. After 10-15 minute break, do your breakfast.

Gradually increase the number of kapalabhati and time for anulom vilom pranayama. Do not practice tribandh unless you have learned it from a teacher. In winters you may include few rounds (say 10) of suryabhedi pranayama before doing anulom vilom pranayama. To get more benefit from asana practice, you can try to hold each asana position for say 10-15 seconds depending on your physical strength.

Intake of ginger tea, amla, chyawanprash will also help to improve your immunity.

Hope this helps
Daljit

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Mar 28, 2016
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Problem with Ujjyai pranayama
by: Anonymous

I am 50 Years old. I have been diagonised with oppressive sleep apnea. I started doing some toungue and throat exercises and ujjayi pranayama. Now I am having accute cough problem with headache when I get uo in the morning. Please help.

Editors Note
You need to stop doing pranayama. Learn it under guidance of a yoga teacher.

Warm regards
Daljit

Nov 26, 2015
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by: Naveen Agrawal

Dear Sir

I have another question please tell me should I do Jala Neti regular or do it alternative days?

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Usually once or twice a week is ok. But if you are using it as therapy, you can do it daily.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 24, 2015
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Query
by: Naveen agrawal

What should i do first jala neti or anulom vilom?

Please tell me...

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Hello Naveen

First do yoga asanas and pranayama. After 5 -10 min break do neti.
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Daljit

Mar 20, 2015
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Yoga for cold and cough
by: Bhoomika Shah

Practice of pranayama strengthens the lungs and thus improves the health of respiratory track. Pranayama is very much efficient for any breathing related troubles.

For doing pranayama, your nasal passage should be open, if not, then first clean your nasal passage with JAL NETI. Now you are ready for Pranayama practice. Just start with routine pranayama- Deep breathing for 5 min, Nadi Shodhan i.e. Aunlom vilom for 5 to 15 mins, Kapalbhati 20 strokes per round for three rounds, Bhastrika 20 breathes in one round for three rounds (during kapalbhati and bhastrika keep handkerchief with you, so that you can remove the mucus coming out), Ujjayi breath 10-20, bhramari and finally OM chanting. Ujjayi, bharamari and OM chanting cures your throat, effective for cough.

Pranayama improves the immunity as well. Apart form pranayama, asanas that involves chest region improve immunity. Asanas such as Hast Uttan, Ashwa Sanchalana, Bhujangasana, Ushtrasana, Marjari asana, Chakki chalan, Parvatasana, Ekpad Rajkapot asana are good for chest region. Simple movememts like shoulder rotation, arm movements works on your chest. Laughter is also very good for your chest.

Practice of asanas followed by pranayama gives you better results.

Hope this will be helpful to you. Stay healthy, do Yoga.

Editors Note
Thanks Bhoomika for your valuable advice.

Warm regards
Daljit

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