Bye Bye Medicines! Simple Yoga Moves to Boost Your Immune System
Apr 12, 2019
It is that time of the year when taking better care of your immune system should be your top priority. The bug that’s inevitably “going around” and the holiday travel plan that not only throws your body off but also exposes it to a lot of germs. With the change in the temperature and the advent of heat, the chances of getting ill are higher. Illness can strike anytime if you fail to take proper care of yourselves.
Now, apart from keeping your pro-biotic and ginger shots on repeat right now, there’s another ritual worth adding to your wellness routine: “Yoga”.
Almost all researches have shown that yoga has the ability to reduce stress. It does a lot of good to our body, especially the endocrine system because it helps in fighting cold and flu. Practicing of yoga affects two key areas of the body, the digestive system, and the respiratory system, which further helps us improve our immunity.
With all this in mind, let’s roll out your yoga mats and try these yoga moves that will help us give our immune system a boost this season.
Practicing plank pose makes the brain release a hormone known as endorphins. These chemicals are known to increase feelings of happiness and reduce the feelings of stress. As our body is encouraged to stretch and lengthen when performing the pose, it aids in tension relief thereby boosting immunity.
How to do:
Step your feet back into plank pose. Now align your hands directly under your shoulders and spread your fingers wide. Firm your thighs and draw your belly in toward your spine to engage your core.
Practicing bridge pose reduces depression, stress and anxiety. This helps us calm the brain. Regular practice of this pose improves blood circulation and also stimulates digestive organs, thereby helping us improve digestion.
How to do
Lay down flat on your yoga mat. Bend your knees and set up your feet hips-width apart close to your buttocks. Lift your hips off the ground until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Clasp your hands underneath your hips and squeeze your shoulder blades. Keep your buttocks relaxed the entire time.
Forward Bend with a Twist Right
This pose improves circulation of the lymph system, which is responsible for filtering bacteria and toxins, off the body. The twists involved in this pose purify and detoxify the blood, in turn strengthening the immune system.
How to do
Stand on your yoga mat with legs wide apart. Turn the tips of your toe slightly inward and your heels outwards. Push the palm of your left hand flat in the middle of your mat and keep your back flat. Lengthen your spine. Now, rotate and stretch your right arm straight toward the sky. Do not twist your hips as you rotate.
Our body releases stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol when we are stressed. It makes it even harder to fight off illnesses. When you relax in this meditative seated posture, it helps keep those hormones at bay so that your immune system functions properly.
How to do
Sit in a comfortable position while keeping your legs crossed in front of the other. Pull your heel close towards you into your groin. Sit in a straight position and elongate your spine. Now roll your shoulders back and down. Relax your knees. Place your hands on the knees while palms are facing upwards. Breathe slowly and peacefully.
Have you tried these yoga poses before? Let us know in the comments section and share your experiences.