5 Yoga Exercises to Boost Immunity
Yoga is filled with such diverse types of exercises and routines. The benefits of these can be either instant gratification or a lasting transformation. When we talk about fitness – both of them are super important. Sometimes, that monotonous routine can be extremely discouraging after not seeing results. But an underlying benefit that we ignore mostly is that of how this ancient art strengthens our body and also relaxes the mind.
Apart from the flooded railway stations and stagnant traffic-filled roads, this season is also known as a “common-cold” season. It is difficult for our body to keep up with the season change when the immunity levels are down and people around us are sneezing and coughing. While we cannot lock ourselves in a room and avoid contact with those who are ill, we can certainly make sure to strengthen our defense mechanism.
The antibiotics that your local physician recommends, don’t help the body to improve its immunity but only helps the body recovers from the disease. Yoga is perhaps the most effective and time-tested natural immunity booster is your room’s disposal. Try these five yoga postures to boost your immunity.
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana): It is a base pose for almost all the asana. It is rightly known to be the ‘mother’ of all yoga poses. The first level – Hatha pose doesn’t need a specific time of the day, it should be held for at least 10-20 seconds or at least five deep breaths. But if you are going to perform other asanas after Tadasana, it is recommended that you be empty.
This posture restores balance and regulates the digestive system. It is known to steady your breathing and improving blood circulation. Tadasana for 20 seconds can keep you refreshed for the coming hours. It increases your energy and harmonizes your body and mind keeps your immunity strong.
- Chair Pose (Utkatasana): It is known as a chair Pose for a reason, only a bit more challenging. In this pose, you don’t get to use the chair, but instead, you have to use your body to simulate a position of sitting on an actual chair. To the maximum benefit from this Asana, you can try staying in the position for at least 30 to 60 seconds or with 5 to 10 deep breaths.
It not only improves your strength, energy, and balance but also focuses on your core. It massages your abdominal organs and stimulates your heart to keep it energized and healthy.
- Triangle Pose (Trikonasana): This is known to be one of the best postures to improve your immunity. It called a Triangle Pose because in this you have to resemble yourself as a triangle. To get started hold a beginner level Vinyasa-style yoga pose for 30 seconds. You should do this asana in the morning when you are energized while your food is digested completely.
This posture is known to aid in digestion, reducing blood pressure and also improving concentration and balance. It also aids in reducing stress and calming your mind. It is known mostly for improving circulation in your body.
- Big Toe Pose (Padangusthasana): It helps you to stretch your muscles in the back of your legs, spine, and neck. The basic level of this asana is known as Hatha Yoga pose, which you can do for at least 30 seconds early in the morning with an empty stomach. If you’re too preoccupied in the morning, you can even do the same in the evening after 2-3 hours from your last meal.
This pose has proven to be calming for the brain as it relieves stress and anxiety. This also helps your nervous system to relax, resulting in improved energy for your days. Your digestive system is stimulated with this pose, which makes sure that your liver and kidneys receive more blood flow – making your immune system strong.
- Fish Pose (Matsyasana): This puts some sense into your body when it tends to lose its way. It is supposed to target your neck and spine specifically. It is similar to other postures and is one of the steps in Surya Namaskar as well. Hold the position of Hatha Yoga pose for 15 to 30 seconds or five deep breaths.
It stimulates your core abs and also helps you with digestion. It can relax your shoulders and neck. This pose also gives your digestive organs a good massage and keeps anxiety, constipation, and fatigue far away from you. It boosts your immune system as it helps you to regulate breathing and stimulate the parathyroid gland.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.