Yoga supports your Immune System

Don’t you feel very irritated, when you are frequently attacked by common cold and fever? A fragile body, low resistance power and weak defense mechanism will keep you down, most of the time.

Not only that!

It removes you from an active lifestyle.

You have to keep yourself away from work and be stuck to the bed all day long…

Very sad!

What does your Immune System do to you?

The immune system is basically a large and organized network of cells, tissues and organs. This is an elaborate and well-connected mechanism of working which defends your body from germs, viruses and other micro-organisms, keeping you fit and healthy. It detects enemies present in your body, responds to them and works through a set of systematic steps to combat it.

However, sometimes, due to stress, inactive lifestyle and poor eating habits, the immune system tends to malfunction.

Balance and stability is of utmost importance for anything to work well. When imbalance sets in your body, your immune system automatically gets affected. In such a scenario, a natural immunity booster, like yoga, is the best thing that you can get.

In fact, the good news is that, yoga and immune system are interlinked.

And regular practice of yoga can keep diseases at bay. It strengthens and supports your immune system.

Take a look a few poses of yoga, which will keep your immune system strong

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Tadasana is a base pose, which is also known as “mother” of all yoga poses.

This is a basic Hatha yoga pose, which you can do at any time of the day. You should either hold it for 10-20 seconds or at least take five deep breaths.

Make sure that your stomach is empty, when you are doing this asana.

   Benefits of this asana:

  1. Restores balance
  2. Regulates your digestive system
  3. Steadies your breathing
  4. Increases your awareness
  5. Relieves your tension
  6. Keeps you refreshed
  7. Increases your energy and
  8. Harmonizes your body and mind

Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)

Vrikshasana, is also known as Tree Pose as it represents the stable and balanced stance of a tree.

Breathe deeply, while working your way up to holding for a minute on each leg.

It’s best to strike a pose in the morning, when you are empty stomach. You can also strike a pose for a mid-afternoon office break or before dinner. Whatever suits you best!

Benefits of this asana:

  1. Strengthens your spine
  2. Helps your nerve-muscle coordination
  3. Improves your mental capabilities
  4. Keeps you stable
  5. Energizes your entire body
  6. Increases your stamina
  7. Keeps you focused
  8. Boosts your self-confidence
  9. Relaxes your nervous system 

Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)

Padangusthasana, also known as Big Toe Pose, stretches your muscles at the back of your leg, spine and neck.

Do this basic pose for at least 30 seconds early in the morning in empty stomach.

But, in case you miss doing it in the morning, try doing it in the evening after 2-3 hours from your last meal.

Benefits of this asana:

  1. Relieves stress and anxiety
  2. Improves Digestion
  3. Liver and Kidney receive more blood flow
  4. Energizes you
  5. Relaxes your central nervous system and
  6. Keeps insomnia at bay

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Trikonasana also known as Triangle Pose is so named because it resembles a triangle.

One of the best yoga poses for the immune system; you can do this asana for 30 seconds in the morning.

You feel absolutely energized and foods get completely digested.

Benefits of this Asana:

  1. Improves the circulation in your body
  2. Helps in digestion
  3. Reduces blood pressure
  4. Improves concentration and balance.
  5. Calms your mind and
  6. Reduces stress

Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Utkasana, also known as chair pose, which is like a sitting posture on a chair.

Only a bit more challenging since you actually can’t sit on a chair.

But you have to stay in this position for at least 30-60 seconds.

Benefits of this asana:

  1. Improves your strength, energy and balance
  2. Stimulates your heart and
  3. Massages your abdominal organs

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Bhujangasana, which is a part of Suryanamaskar practice is also known as Cobra Pose as it look similar to the raised hood of a cobra.

Do this asana for at least 15-30 seconds

Benefits of Bhujangasana:

  1. Stimulates your digestive system
  2. Relieves your stress, opening up your heart and lungs
  3. Increases flexibility of your spine
  4. Elevates your mood and
  5. Boosts your energy

Remember, how Lord Vishnu took the Matsya avatar to eliminate all that is bad on earth?

When your body seems to go haywire, with Matsyasana, also known as Fish Pose, your body seems to get some sense.

Benefits of this asana:

  1. Stimulates your digestion
  2. Relieves tension in the shoulders and neck.
  3. Regulates your breathing
  4. Stimulates your parathyroid gland.
  5. Gives your digestive organs a good massage and keeps anxiety, constipation and fatigue at bay.  

Practice these 7 asanas regularly to  boost up your  immune system and live a healthy life!

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