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Stop! In the name of BREATH!

In the name of BREATH!!!

Sometimes, it is way to hard to breathe.

And right now, I’m totally having problems with my oxygen intake.

Y’all, I must be allergic to my office.

Or something.

I have had more allergies and colds in the past six months than I remember having in the past SIX YEARS.  Don’t believe me?

Check out the evidence:

November 7, 2012: “Which Jane Austen character are you?”
November 5, 2012: “Sickness Triple Threat”
October 25, 2012: “Sucks to my Assmar. Holler to my Quinoa.”
October 19, 2012: “Cheesy brown rice, Nashville love, and office yoga”
October 11, 2012: “My life as a romantic comedy”
October 10, 2012: “Who let the flu out?”
October 8, 2012: “Ain’t it Good to Know, You’ve Got a Friend”

That’s at least SEVEN posts in the past FOUR months that addressed some level of allergies or cough or general ickyness.

That’s not normal, y’all.

And this week, once again, my allergies have gone berzerko.

And when it’s hard to breathe, well, it’s hard to breathe.

And hard to function.

Thanks sinuses, for being so clogged.

These have been my good friends this week:

Trader Joe’s Tissues. They actually aren’t the greatest, but they have inspirational messages on the side. And they get the job done when you’re allergies take off like crazy.

Slippery Elms. Popular with singers world-wide, these little babies help you regain your voice and gently lubricate your vocal cords.  As a singer, I would like to remind y’all that it is important NOT to “push” your voice past it’s comfort zone. So many of the cough drops on the market just numb the pain through menthol and other nasty chemicals. As such, you will actually hurt your vocal cords and throat MORE by stressing your throat past its comfort zone. Take menthol cough drops and you could end up over-straining or losing your voice completely when you’re sick or have bad allergies.

Try the healthier version instead. Plus, they come in a cute tin and actually taste good!

The Yoga Timer app for iPhone:

This app has saved my #digital40days. There is nothing like having trouble breathing and clogged sinuses to interfere with a personal yoga revolution. Thanks to this timer app, however, I can have a soothing “ding!” tell me when I’ve completed my five minute meditation (so what if I have to exhale out the mouth), help me with not squirming out of savasana too quickly (so what if it is a supported savasana on a bolster because my nose doesn’t want me to lie flat on the ground?), and make sure I don’t skimp out on getting at LEAST twenty minutes of yoga a day (so what if my yoga was mostly restorative postures due to my allergies? At least I still did something.) I would recommend this app for runners, as well, as I know so many of you don’t stretch long enough after your runs! The app is also wonderful for making sure you hold poses on each side for an even length of time.

Positivity: My allergies will eventually go away. If I *am* allergic to my office, I need to figure out a healthy way to address and solve the problem. I’m a smart person, I can get through this. Allergies aren’t the end of the world. Colds eventually go away. Eventually, my nose will clear up and I’ll be able to breathe again!

As the country artist Gary Allen sings:

“Every storm runs, runs out of rain
Just like every dark night, turns into day
Every heart break, will fade away
Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain” 

Eventually, my nose will run out of er…snot. (Sorry for the graphic image there.) The allergies will fade away! And I’ll be back to breathing fully again. The important thing is to keep plugging along and doing the best I can in the interim.

How do you handle colds, the flu, and allergies when they interfere with your daily yoga practice or other health and life goals?


  • Flying Yogini

    January 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    they say allergies run in 7 year cycles.. so maybe this is a new thing for your body? i find that twisting helps move things out of my body, and steamy showers too ;-). hang in

  • Jenna {Real Simple Girl}

    January 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! And I LOVE that Gary Allen song!!!!

    • Lora

      January 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Jenna! 🙂

  • Johnny@FitnessKings

    January 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    So sorry about your allergies. As you’ve probably heard before, there really is something going around. At least of terms of the cold and flu.

    • Lora

      January 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Yes! I can’t believe what a crazy cold/flu season it is! I’m taking care. Don’t want that on top of everything else! Thanks! 🙂

  • Lora

    January 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Those steamy showers have really helped! Hopefully, I’ll be back to normal soon. Some gentle inversions, side-bends, and twists have helped a lot!!