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If practiced properly, yoga can help a person get over the effects of the flu virus. Learn about what yoga can do for the flu with help from a personal training expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm CarolAnn with cyberworkouts.com, and I'm going to show you Yoga for flu. Now, when you have the flu, your body is all achy, you may have a headache, you may be feeling a little nauseas. So, the first pose I'm going to show you, just listen to your body and understand how you're feeling. This may not be for you. But, what it really does is it helps to create blood flow to the head and then, it just helps to start circulate out the sickness. So, what I recommend is maybe getting an Ace bandage and wrapping your head with an Ace bandage just to kind of secure the pressure that's inside your head or just to make your, your head feel a little better. So, the first pose we're going to perform is a standing forward fold. So, we inhale, draw those arms up, "Hmmm", and exhale, dive down, keeping the knees straight and then, just coming down to a forward fold. In this position, like I was saying before, this may not be for you in terms of how far along you are with the flu and how you're feeling. But, if it's not too, too bad, this is a great pose. So, you're constantly thinking about lowering the chest down towards your thighs and if you have that Ace bandage around your head, that may feel a little better as well. So, hold this pose for about five breaths; inhaling and if you're feeling especially tight and sore, you can bend those knees, lowering the chest down closer to the thighs and after after five breaths, coming on up, stretch and then bringing your arms back down. The next pose, we're going to take it down to the floor. So, here, we're just going to lay down on our backs and we're just going to support those legs. So, you're going to come down, rest your head on a pillow. Place the soles of your feet together and if you are tight in your hips or even in your, in your thighs, just place the pillow underneath your knees and just feel the stretch and just place your palms open and just breath in this position. Allow your legs to fall into the pillows and hold this pose for about five breaths; inhaling, exhaling through the nose. Now, once you've hold this pose and you've got a lot of length going on in your inner thighs, you're feeling comfortable, you can then extend your legs out. And depending on, you know, how high you want to make your pillow stand, that's up to you. You know, it's all in how you're feeling. So, you can take your legs and gently place your legs over the pillows and then, just allow your lower back to melt into the mat and just find that comfortable spot. You may even want to put the pillows further under your knees; it's another way of just resting. And then, you can even put your arms all the way out underneath your pillows and again, this is just a great Yoga practice for when you have the flu. You just want to feel calm, breathing. Every time you inhale you're gathering fresh breath, every time you're exhaling, you're releasing toxins from your body. And when you have the flu, you have a lot of toxins that you need to release. And then before you know it, you're going to be feeling better. And those are some great Yoga poses for flu. I'm CarolAnn with cyberworkouts.com.

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