Everyone deals with back pain from time to time, not only that, everyone deals with headaches and the common cold. It is easy enough to run to the nearest drug store to pop a few pills to get rid of the headache, cold and back pain; but in all honesty those pills are more harmful than helpful. There are a few poses that you can do to alleviate the back pain, headaches and help flush out the toxins of the common cold.
No specific order…
Child’s Pose – Sit on your knees, fold your torso over your knees and rest your head on the floor ahead of you, with your arms outstretched in front of you. This pose will help you relieve the headache and the back problems you are dealing with. It stretches out all of the muscles that are in your back and releases the knots safely, that way you are not hurting yourself. Stay in this pose between two to three minutes.
Viparita Karani (Legs up on wall)- Before you get into this pose you will need some support for your head and also for your lower back if you have pain there. Sit up against the wall, stomach facing towards the wall. Then slowly bring your back to the floor where the support is for your head and lower back, bring your legs up onto the wall and put your arms next to you by your sides. Breathe in and breathe out, if you wish you can close your eyes or you can stare at the ceiling.
Cobra Pose- Lay on the floor, prone. Stretch your legs back, tops of the feet on the floor. Spread your hands on the floor, under your shoulders. Hug your elbows back into your body. Press the tops of your feet and your thighs into the floor. On an inhalation, begin to straighten the arms to lift the chest off the floor, going only to the height at which you can maintain a connection through your pubis to your legs. Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Firm but don’t harden the buttocks. Firm the shoulder blades against the back, puffing the side ribs forward. Lift through the top of the sternum but avoid pushing the front ribs forward, which only hardens the lower back. Distribute the backbend evenly throughout the entire spine. Hold this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 45 seconds. Then slowly exhale and bring your body down to the mat. You can do this as many times you see fit.
I do these poses constantly so I don’t deal with back pain or deal with getting the cold. These will help you just like they help me.