Breathing Easy

Read Aadil Palkhivala’s reply:


Dear Carrie,

Aside from physically manipulating the septum with her own fingertips in nadi shodhana Pranayama, there is not much we can do for restoring the deviation. However, a good craniosacral therapist could be of great value in resetting the sphenoid bone and relieving any stress in the bones of the skull as well. I believe that we must use all available resources to help our students, and not be fixated on asana. After all, as my teacher, Sri Aurobindo pointed out, “All life is yoga.”

Teach your student how to cleanse the nasal cavity with a neti pot, purified water and a little sea salt (not rock salt). This will ease the congestion from the deviation, and it may even ease her breathing.

Ask your student to avoid all foods that increase mucus even slightly—all dairy, wheat, and sugar, for example. This will help keep her sinuses clear as well.

Recognized as one of the world’s top yoga teachers, Aadil Palkhivala began studying yoga at the age of seven with B.K.S. Iyengar and was introduced to Sri Aurobindo’s yoga three years later. He received the Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate at the age of 22 and is the founder-director of internationally-renowned Yoga Centers™ in Bellevue, Washington. Aadil is the director of the College of Purna Yoga, a 1,700 hour Washington-state licensed and certified teacher training program. He is also a federally certified naturopath, a certified <a href=”/health/ayurveda“>Ayurvedic health science practitioner, a clinical hypnotherapist, a certified shiatsu and Swedish bodywork therapist, a lawyer, and an internationally sponsored public speaker on the mind-body-energy connection.