In today’s world, nothing is more important than strong immunity. And, to boost your immunity, you don’t have to swallow multiple colored pills. Rather, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle by consuming a balanced diet and performing regular exercise, especially Yoga.
Yoga is a great exercise to achieve physical and mental peace. Performing Yoga asanas every day can keep all your problems at bay and make your immune system stronger. It helps in controlling and calming our body, soul, and mind. The benefits of yoga are never-ending but here are some reasons why you must include yoga in your daily regime.
Benefits of Yoga:
● It helps in losing weight
● Relieves stress
● Increase flexibility
● Increase strength
● Promote overall health
● Boost immunity
During today’s hard times, it becomes much more important to prevent ourselves from getting sick and keeping our minds engaged and away from stress and negativity. And, to make that happen it is necessary to make our immune systems stronger.
Immunity During Monsoon
Our immune system is the defense mechanism of our body; it helps in protecting our body against any type of disease – common ailments to deadly diseases – regardless of our age. Many studies have shown that yoga can fight depression and lift our mood; it has also shown that it resists the autonomic changes and impairment of cellular immunity.
With monsoon approaching us, many of us are at the increasing risk of many common infections, especially cold and flu. Hence, to keep ourselves and our family safe, we should practice yoga regularly. Yoga can be easily performed anywhere regardless of how good or bad the weather is.
Yoga Asanas To Build Immunity
Here are 6 amazing yoga asana which will definitely help in strengthening your immune system.
1. Tad Asana (Mountain Pose)
Tad asana is one of the simplest asana with lots of benefits. It is really effective for increasing your height, stimulates the nervous system, good for respiratory and digestive systems, tone our abdomen and buttocks, improves posture, and regulates the menstrual cycle in women.
Steps for Tad Asana:
1. Stand straight with hands by your side.
2. Interlock your fingers and while inhaling more your arms upward.
3. Stand on your toes and stretch your whole body.
4. Hold the position for 10 seconds.
5. Exhale and release your pose to get back in standing position.
6. Repeat this asana daily and you will feel the change in your inner strength and body balance.
2. Vrikshasana ( Tree Pose)
Vrikshasana is an excellent asana for improving immunity. It should be performed early morning with an empty stomach and a fresh mind. It strengthens our spine, relaxes the nervous system, improves concentration, and aids nerve-muscle coordination.
Steps for Vrikshasana:
1. Stand straight with hands by your side and feet together.
2. Balance your weight on the left leg and lift your right leg.
3. Place your right leg on the thigh.
4. Join your palms and stretch them above your head.
5. Keep your head, neck, and spine straight and hold this pose of a minute.
3. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
This asana is based on Surya Namaskar. It strengthens our muscles, regulates blood sugar level, improves metabolism, prevents anxiety and depression, and is also good for our digestive system. It is really beneficial for people who want to lose weight or suffering from anxiety. It also helps in opening up the lungs and heart and improves the functioning of kidneys.
Steps for Bhujangasana
1. Lay on your stomach on the ground with your feet together.
2. Keep your hands beside your shoulders.
3. Press your palm and lift your upper body.
4. Tilt your head as much as you can.
5. Hold this position for 30-60 seconds and slowly return to the original position.
4. Matsya Asana ( Fish Pose)
This pose strengthens our immunity system as well as the digestive system. It increases the absorption of nutrients in our body, tones our parathyroid gland, improves sleep quality, and prevents and cures back and neck pain.
Steps for Matsya Asana
1. Sit in padmasana.
2. Hold your toes and lean backward.
3. Arch your back till your head touch the ground.
4. Do not let your back touch the ground.
5. Hold this pose for few seconds and slowly return to your original position.
5. Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
Shalabhasana or grasshopper or locust pose helps in improving the functions of internal organs, improves posture, reduces excess fat, strengthens our spinal cord and relieves depression. It maintains a proper acid-base balance in our body and stimulates it.
Steps for Shalabhasana
1. Lie back on your abdomen with your hands by your side.
2. Inhale and raise your upper body and legs in the air.
3. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs.
4. Rest your body weight on the stomach and lower ribs.
5. Hold this position for a few seconds and get back to the original position slowly.
6. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose)
This pose is really helpful in calming your mind and fighting depression. It improves the functions of kidneys, ovaries, uterus, and liver. It also aids digestion, reduces obesity, and increases appetite. It regulates high blood pressure, improves fertility, and prevents insomnia and sinusitis. It also reduces menstrual discomfort in women.
Steps for Paschimottanasana
1. Sit down on the mat with your legs spread out.
2. Make sure your knees are slightly bent.
3. Keep your spine straight and move your hands above your head.
4. Exhale and empty air from your stomach.
5. Bend forward and try to hold your toes.
6. Place your upper body on your lower body.
7. Try to touch your nose to the knees.
These asanas improve our overall health, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation. There are many more asanas like chakrasana, dhanurasana, ardh matsyendrasana, kapal bhati, utkatasana, etc. which are good for our immune system. You should practice yoga regularly to lead a healthy, happy, and peaceful life.