WELLBEING: Top Yoga tips to stay well this winter

03 August 2017
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It’s that time of year when the winter wind spreads colds, flus and other nasties. And whilst we do our best to prevent our kids from getting sick in the first place, there will inevitably come a time when the dreaded bugs strike. 

And along with the sniffles and sneezes, nighttime coughing can mean unsettled nights for the whole household. To ease the discomfort of coughing at night, here are some simple Yoga therapy tips:

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  • Use several cushions to create an incline so that the forehead is higher than the throat to avoid any mucus getting caught in the throat which can create coughing.
  • Outstretch the arms which helps to open the chest as well as the lung energy lines (‘meridians’).


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  • Yoga therapy uses different pressure points in the fingers and hands (‘mudras’) to stimulate energy points and open up blocked energy. 
  • The ‘Asthma Mudra’ helps to open up the chest and lung channels.
  • Bring the palms of the hands to face towards each other.
  • Tuck in the middle finger tip so the knuckles press against each other
  • Alternatively, use the thumb to press down on the middle finger knuckle.
  • Hold firm pressure for at least 10 slow breaths and up to 10 minutes.
  • Breathe in through the nose as much as possible.
  • On the inhale, feel the belly rise and the ribcage expand outwards.
  • This helps to stop coughing.

And remember, to take some time to give your child a bit of extra special medicine – your nurturing love. 

For more yoga tips, check out the recent articles: Practising Peace and Restorative yoga for screen-addicted teens.

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Written by

Stacey Nelson

Stacey Nelson, has over 20 years experience working with children in various contexts including the school classroom; early childhood; fitness; dance; sports teams; yoga and TV. She has taught Children’s Yoga for 10 years; facilitates Kids Yoga Teacher Training; is a Yoga Therapist at the Nambour Hospital Children’s Ward and has co-produced the Kids Yoga DVD, “Light up Little Lights”. www.yogapalette.com.au

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