Not Feeling Well? Take a Breath and Try Out Some of These Yoga Flows
Yoga promises to bring a sense of calm into your otherwise busy life. Practice can range from fast-paced, calorie-burning Vinyasa to soft and gentle Yin, where poses are held for minutes at a time. With benefits like reduced anxiety and depression, improved cardiovascular health, and better sleep, flexibility, and strength, why wouldn't you want to incorporate yoga into your routine? And, when better to get on your mat than a day you aren't feeling too hot?
Ahead you'll find videos led by yoga instructors for easing discomfort associated with a pesky cold or headaches. There are also flows (no pun intended) for when you're suffering from period cramps and PMS. Note: obviously use your discretion. If you're very sick, don't force yourself to follow along. Rest up, instead! And, if you're looking for yoga videos geared toward relieving stress specifically, check those out here.
20-Minute Yoga For Cramps and PMS From Yoga With Adriene
You can use a blanket and one or two pillows for this practice. You'll be low to the ground, either sitting, lying down, or on your hands and knees (for Cat Cow and Child's Pose). The poses, Adriene Mishler says, are meant to help you feel "held."
20-Minute Yoga For Colds From Sarah Beth Yoga
This practice requires a bolster (if you have one), blanket, and pillow. You'll start in propped Child's Pose, which looks all kinds of comfortable, and you'll end in a supported Savasana position.
22-Minute Yoga For Migraines From Yoga With Adriene
There's nothing worse than a migraine that won't quit. Adriene recommends having a towel or bandana handy to cover the eyes, some water, and a pillow. You can even close your eyes for the majority of the practice since you can follow the sound of her voice, she said. She'll walk you through the gentle poses and breath work.
20-Minute Yoga For When You Are Sick From Yoga With Adriene
This is one of Adriene's older videos for people who are sick "with winter colds and other ick," she wrote in the YouTube description. Like other videos in this roundup, you'll need a blanket and a pillow, and you'll be opening up your chest, working on the neck, and moving through poses like Downward Dog, Forward Fold, and Seated Straddle.
30-Minute Yoga For PMS Pain and Period Cramps From Brett Larkin
In this half-hour flow, Brett Larkin says that you won't do anything too fatiguing; you'll just stimulate the body a little bit. Poses include Cobra, Child's Pose, and a series of lunges. At the end, she talks about having gratitude for appreciating all that a woman's body can do "even in the uncomfortable moments." Amen to that!
15-Minute Yoga For Headaches, Colds, Etc. From Sarah Beth Yoga
This 15-minute flow is meant to soothe you when you're not feeling well overall; Sarah Beth indicates that it's to "relieve headaches, upper body tension, and stiffness whether you're sick or recovering." You'll be working in a seated position and on your back for the entire video, and you'll need a pillow or something to give you height and support.
38-Minute Cozy Yoga From Yoga With Adriene
This cozy yoga flow is great for when you're feeling off (or just plain "meh"!). If you're wearing a sweatshirt or something with a hood, Adriene encourages you to put that hood up, which sounds super comfortable! Make sure to have a pillow and blanket handy. Note: you'll be on your feet for some of the video, so if you don't think you can handle that, skip ahead in the video or check out the next one!
30-Minute Yoga For Headaches From Yoga With Adriene
This is another older video from Adriene meant to soothe headache pain, reduce stress, and relieve tension. You'll start with alternate nostril breathing, which she says is her number-one headache remedy.
15-Minute Yoga For Vertigo From Yoga With Adriene
I did this one day when I was feeling dizzy and off-balance, and it definitely soothed me — granted, I did not have vertigo, per se. It involves alternate nostril breathing and a lot of gentle floor work.
15-Minute Yoga For Tension Headaches From Yoga With Kassandra
This 15-minute flow from the Yoga With Kassandra YouTube channel also utilizes alternate nostril breathing. You'll do stretches for your neck, shoulders, and upper-body as well.
34-Minute Yoga For When You're in a Bad Mood From Yoga With Adriene
Even if you aren't sick, you might be in a bad place because of frustration or anxiety, and this yoga flow promises to help boost your mood. The end will have you lying on the floor covered in a blanket — and that sounds pretty sweet, doesn't it?