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Breathing, skin or sleep problems? Consider 'salty' yoga

Dry salt therapy has been used as a holistic treatment for allergies, asthma, sleep problems, psoriasis and overall well-being for years, but pairing it with yoga is a new twist

 

Doing yoga has been linked with reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But what about a practice that also relieves allergies, asthma, sleep problems, psoriasis and overall well-being?

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During “salty” yoga, participants aim to do just that with the holistic healing properties of dry salt therapy and those aforementioned benefits of yoga.

“The salt room is really great for detoxifying your respiratory system and your skin, so, to me, it’s a no-brainer to marry both together,” Kayla Kleinman, founder of events company Holistic Happening in New York City, told Fox News. Kleinman serves as a salty yoga guest instructor at Breathe Salt Rooms, which has four New York loations.

A 30-minute salty yoga class involves being surrounded by pink Himalayan salt, which is naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.

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Leslie McDonald, a student, said in the winter, she suffers from dry, red and patchy skin. But doing salty yoga has cleared her symptoms, leading her skin to feel soft and smooth.

“It’s like a day at the beach,” McDonald told Fox News.

Another student, Theodora Blanchfield, said she had limited success in relieving sinus congestion until she tried salty yoga.

“I was willing to try anything to help them,” Blanchfield told Fox News.

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Because salt is aerated during class, participants not only feel the benefits but inhale them as well.

“It acts like a toothbrush for your lungs, so to speak,” Kleinman said.

For more information, visit BreatheSaltRooms.com.