Allergies are a common problem in the U.S. with close to 8 percent of all people over the age of 18 inflicted with hay fever or environmental allergies, while approximately 10 percent of all children and teens under the age of 17 are plagued by allergy side effects, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. While taking medicine during peak allergy season and investing in a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can curb allergy symptoms, doing a bit more stretching might offer similar results.
According to The Huffington Post, practicing yoga could have the potential to ease allergy symptoms thanks to its ability to help reduce inflammation and stress in the body. A small study in 2010 found yoga didn't necessarily lessen side effects, but rather helped the body stay calm so it was better able to fight off allergy symptoms like headaches and watery eyes.
While performing downward dog or tree pose could decrease allergy woes, another study in 2008 discovered that alternating breathing between nostrils may also play a role in reducing seasonal problems. The news outlet reports pairing the breathing technique with yoga may be the best way to reap multiple benefits. For this trick, start by covering your right nostril and then begin inhaling through the left side for 10 seconds. Next, hold your breath for five seconds and then switch to breathing out of the right nostril for another 10 seconds. Continue the process for five rounds to feel some relief.