Advice on Doing Yoga When You're Sick?
Exercise is good for our physical and mental health and even our immune system when done at a moderate intensity, but that doesn't mean you have to get out of bed and go to the yoga studio when you're not feeling well.
Actually, there are two questions: First, should you practice yoga when you are sick? Second, should you go to a yoga class when you are sick?
Yoga when you have a cold
Consistent practice, three or more times a week, is the key to enjoying all the benefits of yoga. But when it comes to illnesses, even minor things like colds and coughs, it's best to think long-term. When you are sick, your body needs to rest and heal.
Taking a few days of asana when you are not well will not affect your path to enlightenment or even your path to a stronger core. (Of course, if your symptoms persist beyond the normal lifespan of a cold, you should probably see your doctor.)
Many Americans have been conditioned to think that illness is a sign of weakness and that the admirable thing is to move on as if nothing was wrong. Yoga shows us another way, teaching us to prioritize how we feel in our body.
Let this be your guiding principle. When you are sick, rest. As you begin to feel better, especially if the symptoms are just above the neck (sneezing, congestion), it is okay to remove the rug at home for a gentle movement. Something like this daily stretching routine would be appropriate.
Attend yoga classes with a cold
Going to class when you are sick is different from practicing at home. It just isn't fair to your teacher and fellow practitioners. Stay away from others when you have coughs and cold symptoms. This is doubled for general or below neck symptoms such as fever or vomiting.
As you begin to feel better, consider: Would you attend a friend's birthday party in your current condition? You have a date? Play tennis? If the answer is yes, then it is probably okay to go to a yoga class.
Generally speaking, you should return to class when you feel better, can go 90 minutes without needing a tissue, and are no longer contagious. If you are still a bit congested, the inversions can be uncomfortable and you may need to lift your head and neck with a pillow during the savasana.
Always modify your practice so that it works according to the needs of your body. A restorative class can be a great way to get back into yoga practice and strengthen your immune system.
We hope you enjoy watching this video about Yoga for when are sick
Source: Yoga With Adriene
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