‘Tis the season for a chest cold. If you’re coughing and congested, try supported bridge (Salamba Setu Bandhasana) to open up the chest and increase circulation to the upper torso.
I get a cold every year around the holidays. Seriously, every single year. Something about the weather shifting and running around like a crazy person. If regular bridge pose is too much for your achey body, use all the support you can get: your arms, a block, a bolster. Even a blanket folded several times. The goal is not a huge backbend, but a gentle opening of the upper torso. So take it easy, breathe, and stay there for a bit. You’ll be resting and doing yoga at the same time. Look how efficient you are!