Living with a deviated septum can be an uncomfortable exercise in perpetual sickness. Those suffering from this condition commonly experience excessive congestion coupled with serious breathing problems but, fortunately for the afflicted yogi, there are a number of yogic methods aimed at remedying it. A recommended practice for all yogis but especially those with a deviated septum is the regular use of a neti pot. This cleansing device, when used in conjunction with the proper saline solution, has bewildering effects on the sinuses and their overall clarity. There are also a number of poses and breathing techniques proven effective.
Sarvangasana, the Full Shoulderstand, should be performed with a blanket placed comfortably under your self. Laying on your back, fold your legs into the air and, using your hands and arms to support your back, lift your torso into the air, forming a 90 degree angle at your shoulders between the ground and the rest of your body. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds and conduct long, controlled, breathing, holding each breath a minimum of 5 seconds. Eventually, fold your legs back down and roll onto your back.
Simhasana, the Lion's Pose, can be performed either cross-legged or in an upright thunderbolt position. Placing your hands on your knees or the ground in front of you, fingers splayed as the claws of a lion, lean your torso forward as far as you can. Your jaw should be stretched open with your tongue extended extensively downward, inhaling as long as possible before relaxing. While normally used to treat an upset throat, this pose can equally improve the sinuses.
Breathe slowly, endless control.
For less involved relief, sitting in a comfortable position and practicing Pranayama breathing techniques can reduce the symptoms of a deviated septum remarkably. Simple abdomen and chest breathing exercises, repeated consistently, will show long-term benefits for your nasal health. Ensure slow, controlled, breathing and always keep a breath held for at least 5 seconds. Exercise the entire chest and abdomen muscles, contracting properly.
The Breath of Fire is an impressive meditational breathing technique that has been used for centuries to purify the body and generate natural heat. Exhale completely, removing all the air from your lungs, and draw in a small breath, immediately snapping it back out with your abdominal muscles. Repeat these micro-breaths in sets of 20 or consider an alternative approach comprised of a long, deep, inhale and 20, consecutive, controlled exhales.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is another, exceedingly simple, breathing technique shown to have great, balancing, impact on nasal congestion and sinus health. Using the right hand, place your thumb on your right nostril, your middle finger on your left nostril, and your index finger along the bridge of your nose, between your eyes, or on your forehead. If left-handed, reverse these instructions. Unseal your right nostril, inhale deeply without the use of your mouth, and reseal it. Now, unseal your left nostril, exhale deeply, and inhale again, resealing the left nostril and switching back and forth in this manner.
Improve your approach.
While none of these yogic methods are lauded as the cure for a deviated septum, they offer a much less invasive solution than traditional surgeries and Western prescriptions. For the divergent yogi, seeking poses that improve quality of life can be an enlightening opportunity to gain self-control and self-mastery. Recognizing the sources of your problems and addressing your own body with confidence exhibits an internal strength capable of minor miracles.