International Yoga Day is finally here! Should 21st June be just another day in the calendar for you? Or will you let this be the day when you take a decision that will protect you from the pandemic?
A strong immune system can protect you from COVID-19 and other illnesses. There is no better way to boost your immunity than with yoga. Yoga prevents autonomic changes that impair your cellular immunity. By curbing stress and inflammation, it empowers your immunity.
If you don’t practice yoga, it’s never too late. Take that step today to have an alert mind and healthy body! Are you wondering which yoga postures, in particular, will help your immune system? We have made a shortlist for you-
Asanas to benefit your immunity
Yoga will seem hard at the beginning if you are new to it. But with just a few days of dedicated practice, your body will become more flexible.
1. Salamba Bhujangasana
It is an easy yoga pose and terrific for suppressing stress. Lie down flat on your tummy and extend your arms forward. Lift your neck slowly, all the while relaxing your glutes. Hold the pose and breathe in and out slowly for as long as you are comfortable.
This pose gets your life energy flowing through your body and that preps you for the challenges of the day ahead.
Trikonasana also begins with the tadasana. Now exhale and widen the gap between your legs until they are 3 ½ or 4 feet apart. Raise your arm along your sides and make sure that they are parallel to the ground. Now bend your upper body to the left. Bend from the waist. Grip your left ankle with your left hand. The right arm should be pointed towards the ceiling and perpendicular to the ground.
This pose improves your lung capacity and protects them from respiratory illnesses like the current pandemic.
3. Parivrtta Utkatasana
Stand in the mountain pose or tadasana (standing pose), inhale and lift your arms. Exhale and bend your knees. Push your hips back and bend your upper body forward. Now twist your body. One arm will face the ceiling and the other arm will support you with the palm placed flat against the floor next to your feet.
This posture not only increases your flexibility but it is good for your gut bacteria that strengthen immunity. It increases the production of digestive enzymes and detoxifies your body.
This looks like a simple exercise, but executing it perfectly can take some getting used to. All you need to do is stand straight, raise your arms and make sure they are parallel to your ears. Now start bending back as far as you can go.
This posture stretches out your backbone, shoulders and neck muscles and is tremendously good for your heart. It ensures that more blood is pumped to all parts of your body. This translates to greater oxygen supply to each cell, which makes them immune to diseases and oxidative stress.
This is a balancing act. It rights your body’s equilibrium, keeps the body grounded and enhances blood circulation by releasing tension and knots in your muscles. Your life force flows uninterrupted and toughens up your immunity.
Start with tadasana. Standing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Now point your left foot down and hook it around your right shin. Stretch out your arms in front of you and parallel to the ground. Cross your arms (right arm over the left) and bend the elbows. Then raise both forearms (they should be perpendicular to the ground). Ensure that the backs of the palms are touching each other.
Now turn the right hand to the right and left hand to the left so that the palms face each other. Make sure that your right thumb passes in front of your left little finger. Stretch your fingers towards the ceiling. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds, unwind and continue with the legs and arms reversed.
Meditation for diluting stress
Stress and anxiety lower your body’s defences. Meditation is complementary to yoga and together the two can beat stress to strengthen your immunity.
How to meditate
- Sit in a lotus position
- Close your eyes
- Inhale and exhale slowly while focusing on your breathing
- Try to drive out all thoughts from your head
Yoga is an inexpensive path to wellness and health. So make it a part of your life to enhance your wellbeing.