In today’s world, with the global pandemic going on, increasing one’s immunity has become not just an option but a necessity. Having a strong immune response to external viral and bacterial invasions is the best way to prevent oneself from catching flu or any other disease.
A stressed out nervous system can compromise our immunity. Chronic stress leads to the body producing high levels of cortisol which suppress the immune system. Practicing Yoga reduces the level of this “Stress hormone” in the blood and also increases Endorphins – the “feel good” hormone which lifts the mood.
Researchers in Norway have discovered that practicing Yoga has been proven to boost immunity by altering the immune system on a cellular level and affecting the gene expression. This overall has a strengthening effect on the immune system. There is also benefit for the respiratory system and a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system.
Here are a few poses which are good for boosting one’s immunity –
Shishuasana (Child Pose)
Setu bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
Halasana (Plow Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Yoga has gained tremendous popularity all around the world. More than 35 million people practice this 5000 year old Indian discipline in the US itself. Practicing Yoga and Pranayam helps remove toxins from the body and also prevents inflammation and cell degeneration. It also provides a deep and regulated sleep.
So, what are you waiting for? Start practicing Yoga daily to boost your immunity and holistic well-being.
This article is part of a series on the Health Benefits of Yoga.