The one with yoga for the flu

It’s that time again. The time where I have burnt myself out after a full semester at uni and my body finally says enough is enough and I get the most disgusting flu in the world. Yummy 😉

So I have basically been bedridden for three days which in its own special way has been fun, I have watched an indecent amount of Friends and my big workout has consisted of painting my nails (seriously, why is everything so tiring when youre sick?) and that has pretty much been it.



I am going to spare you the selfies of me doing yoga while I look like death, and instead provide you with a list of the poses I did today that made me feel slightly less like I am about to drown in my own phlegm. If you click on the link to the pose it will take you to the same article from the picture with an explanation about the pose.

#1 Legs up the wall pose, Viparita karani. This is s great one for just relaxing in in general, maybe I am a bad yogi but sometimes watching Friends in this pose is just what the doctor ordered 😉 .


#2 A very relaxed version of Downward Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana (just getting the blood flowing down to my head feels good but I don’t like to stress my body too much by aiming for perfect form).


#3 Child’s pose. Because when does Balasana not feel awesome?


#4 Frog pose, Adho Mukha Mandukasana, to improve overall circulation through hip opening.


#5 Seated twist, Ardha Matsyendrasana, which according to Yoga Journal “destroys most deadly diseases”. Should have no problem knocking out my little flu then 🙂


#6 Headstand, Shirshasana, is also apparently good for getting everything moving and to decongest, for me right now the thought of it makes me feel like I’m going to pass out… Maybe when I am feeling a bit better I will feel more up to it.


#7 Bridge pose, Setu Bandhasana, for fresh blood to the noggin and chest opening.


#8 Baby Plow pose, Halasana. I like to be really gentle with this one when I am sick and just let my legs arrive wherever is comfortable.


#9 Fish pose, Matsyasana, to open the chest and counter the baby plough.


#10 Lying down Bhadrasana, for opening the hips and the chest (plus it just feels like lying down so that is awesome, I feel like I can achieve that).


Okay okay just one yoga selfie, it wouldn’t be my blog if there wasn’t an awkward pic of me doing yoga and taking photos of myself in the mirror. This pose is my own combination of Bhadrasana and Legs up the wall pose, does anyone else just make up their own yoga poses according to what feels good sometimes? Note that I said feels good, not looks good 😉



I have just kept it really simple with those poses so far, but now that I am finally feeling a tiny bit more human I am also excited to give this video a try in the next few days:


What is your fave yoga pose for when you’re sick?

Do you ever make up your own yoga poses according to what feels good? – I always do this but I’m not sure if it’s normal or not.

Do you workout when you’re sick? – I am at the point when I feel tired after walking to the kitchen and back (bear in mind that I live in a matchbox and this is about five steps total) so I am holding off on the working out for now 🙂


Anyone have any tips for what helps to recover from the flu?  

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6 Responses to The one with yoga for the flu

  1. Oh no!! Sorry you are sick. My “yoga will while sick” would pretty much involve me rolling over while on the couch and that’s about it. It’s very similar to my “yoga after gum surgery” 🙂 Sorry to hear about the sickness and hope it passes soooooon! *and kudos on the great job painting your nails!

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    • Ooh thank you! Nail painting always makes me feel weirdly happy! Awww you have been through a lot lately, I hope you start feeling better soon!! That still counts as yoga in my book 😉


  2. Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

    awee. sorry about your flu.!! that’s no fun at all. : / hope you start feeling better soon, and are back to your bubbly self.
    but I do want to see you doing the head stand. lol. that’d be cool.!
    I don’t get sick very often, and usually it’s only a runny nose so I’ll still work out.

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    • I feel like I get sick too often! Considering I eat a pretty balanced diet and work out etc! The doctor did say it might be the combo of waitressing and studying though. Maybe I’ll grow out of it! Ps headstand pic on the most recent pose just for you 😉

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      • Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA says:

        That’s true.! you’re around so many people everyday that it’s probably hard not to get sick.! they’re spreading their germs to you ;P


      • Haha yeah and now I have gotten my own back by having to take a bit of time off work to show them that that’s not gonna fly! 😉

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