When the entire world is gripping under the highly infectious SARS-COV-2 infection, people are going haywire not only to keep their mind stress free but also to enhance their overall immunity so as to not fall prey to any kind of infections. Also Read: Bolster Your Ojas: 5 Powerful Ayurvedic Herbs That Keep You Healthy & Fit
As the season changes, the chances of falling sick spike up sharply and it is quite a grim task for our body to keep the pathogens at bay when the immunity levels are down and people around us are sneezing and coughing. Though antibiotics and other medications help in treating the infection, they don’t help in immunising the body. Also Read: Top 8 Ayurvedic Formulations That Can Bolster Your Immunity
The ancient art of Yogasanas is perhaps the most time-tested and effective way to build natural immunity and bask in spirituality, strength, mobility, flexibility and increasing the overall resilience of both inside and outside.
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Stress is one of the leading causes of depleting immunity and sickness, and when we're recurrently stressed, the deep tissue that surrounds our organs, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments (i.e. fascia) is compromised. Yoga gives a holistic enriching approach to the body and works great in alleviating the stress levels, relieving congestion, aiding digestion, enhancing heart muscles, strengthening lung tissues and thereby boosting overall immunity.
This article details five yogasanas that help build immunity and prevent infections during this flu season:
Incredible Yoga Poses To Boost Overall Immunity:
Tadasana (Mountain Pose):
Stand straight on the ground, with the heels touching each other and feet slightly apart. Keep the soles grounded at all times and your hands straight on either side. Look in the forward direction and hold this position for 5 minutes. Take a minute of break and repeat 3-4 times.
Being one of the easiest yoga postures, this is extremely helpful in combatting mental health issues like depression, anxiety, disorientation and improve body balance and gut health. It also calms the breathing, upsurges awareness, dismisses tension, and enhances blood circulation. Not only does it increase the stamina and energy but also harmonizes the mind and body.
Sukhasana (Cross-legged Sitting Pose):
Sit in a normal meditation pose. Grasp your wrist with your right hand behind the back. Continue to inhale while pulling your shoulders back and expanding your chest. While winding forward, exhale and try to touch your right forehead to your right knee. Inhale and return to the starting position. Repeat the steps and continue on the other side by touching your forehead to your left knee.
Sukhasana is pivotal in the case of respiratory anomalies. It stimulates the blood flow to the lungs and also washes out the harmful toxins from the body. This asana not only increases your focus and concentration but also helps to bolster the overall immunity and preventing the body from various seasonal infections.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist):
Sit straight with your legs stretched out and feet together. Bend your right leg and place the heel of your right foot beside your left hip. Slowly, take the left leg over the right knee. Put your right hand on your left foot and your left hand behind you. Twist the waist, shoulders, and neck to the left and look over the left side shoulder. Hold this posture and continue breathing in and out gently. Slowly return to the initial position and repeat in the same manner on the other side.
This asana is highly significant in providing relief from breathing difficulties, stress, and tension. The twisting of the upper side of the body induces deep breathing and thus enhances the muscles of the lung and aids in better circulation of oxygen in the lung cavity. It also plays a crucial role in boosting the immune system and removing AMA doshas from the body.
Uttanasana (Forward Bent Pose):
While standing, bring the feet hip-distance apart. Without bending your knees, slowly bend your body above the torso downwards. See that your knees are straight. You can allow your hands and hang down and rest your palms on the ground or just hold your feet t the ankles. Hold this position for 8-10 breaths, then slowly get back to the standing position.
This inverted posture is extremely beneficial in enhancing your immunity. It conveys prana and blood flow to the sinuses, which relieves congestion. The mucus membranes and the sinus gland are our body’s first line of defense mechanism that shields against infections, so keeping them healthy ultimately boosts our overall immunity.
Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall Pose):
Initially, sit about 3 inches from an empty wall. Lie onto the back and swing your legs upwards in such a way that the back of the thigh rests against the wall. Rest your entire back, i.e. the spinal column on the floor below and relax the arms on either side of the body or the tummy. Hold the position for 10 minutes or as long as you can and then slowly pull your leg back to the starting position.
This posture is one of the relaxing poses that allows you to lie flat on the ground without much twisting. Yet, the Viparita Karini is one beneficial yogasanas that allows lymphatic drainage, evens out blood circulation and releases pressure from the back. It not only boosts the lungs but also prevents the body from getting sick.