It’s International Yoga Day on the 21st of June and as we know, yoga comes with several benefits. Two that are extremely advantageous to us at present, are that it can be done at home without any fancy equipment and you can do yoga to boost immunity. At a time when we need to do whatever we can to keep ourselves healthy, these three yoga poses can give you the upper hand.
Yoga Poses For Boosting Immunity
One of the most effective ways to boost the immune system is to maintain a calm and relaxed state. Nothing helps you relax better than Sukhasana. The sitting and breathing pose focuses on the movement of the life-force or breath throughout the body.
To do the pose, sit cross-legged on the floor and keep you back straight. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips and lean your head backwards. Stretch your neck so that your spine is fully elongated. Take a deep breath and draw it in, right to the base of your spine. Hold for a few seconds and then release. Repeat this at least 10 times or longer if you feel comfortable.
The headstand in yoga boosts immunity by increasing blood flow to the brain and clearing the sinuses and lymph nodes. But for those who have not mastered the art just yet, Uttanasana is a good alternative. This pose requires you to fold over so that the top half of your body is inverted, thereby increasing blood circulation in the brain.
Stand straight with your feet facing forward with a gap between the feet equal to the width of the hip. Bend your knees very slightly as you slowly tilt forward from the hip. Hold your calves with your hands and try and bring your forehead as close to your knees as possible. Hold the pose for 5-10 breaths and then slowly unfold your body. Repeat 10 times.
3. Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana:
This yoga asana is excellent for opening up the lungs and clearing away congestion. Allowing you to take deeper breaths, this yoga pose improves immunity and provides more oxygen to the rest of the body improving organ function.
Sand wide-legged and bend forward keeping your back straight. Place your right hand on the floor or a short stool. Twist your body towards the left at the waist. Raise your left hand as if reaching out to grab the sky. Hold the pose for 10 seconds breathing deeply. Untwist and return to an upright position. Next, place your left hand on the floor/stool and repeat the pose in the opposite direction. Do five on each side.
These three yoga poses are easy and perfect for even beginners. They only take half an hour of your time, but you carry the benefits with you for the whole day. When you do them regularly you will start to feel stronger and your immune system with thank you for it. This World Yoga Day, let’s get healthier with more such blogs on wellness and exercise!