Exposure to environmental pollutants, germs, toxins, and chronic stress can suppress your immune system and leave your body vulnerable to foreign bodies.
Some of the ways of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are by regular exercise, a healthy diet, less stress, and good hygiene. To add to this, you can make yoga a part of your daily activity to boost your immune system.
Yoga is a group of physical, mental exercise that benefits physical as well as mental health.
It strengthens the mind and body as well as boost your immunity to help you keep off diseases.
A strong immune system provides defense against fungal, bacterial and viral infections.
You might ask, how does yoga strengthen the immune system?
Yoga helps combat stress hormones that can suppress the immune system while stimulating the lymphatic system to discharge toxins from the system.
2011 studies published in the International Journal of Yoga reports that yoga resists the autonomic changes and impairment of cellular immunity seen in academic examination stress.
Also, a 2013 study published in PLOS ONE reveals that yogic practice has rapid effects at the molecular level in circulating immune cells.
What’s more, yoga helps supply fresh and oxygenated blood to various organs of the body for optimal functioning.
Here are 10 outstanding yoga poses to boost your immunity.
NOTE: Some of these poses might not be suitable for you if you are suffering from high blood pressure or if you have back pain of neck pain.
1. Mountain Pose
All yoga poses emerge from the mountain pose and is considered the primary pose.
This pose improves blood circulation so that oxygen and nutrients can get to other organs and tissues of the body. It also boosts your energy while also steadying your breath, increases awareness and reduces tension and stress.
Mountain pose is a beginner level pose and can be done by anybody and anywhere.
Importantly, remember not to do this yoga pose on a full stomach.
How to Use Mountain Pose to Boost Immunity.
- Stand straight with your hands placed by your sides and your legs slightly apart.
- Slightly lift your inner ankles while strengthening the inner arches.
- Lift your upper thighs inward slowly. Draw out your tailbone in a manner that it is toward the flour.
- Slowly raise your pubic bone, moving it closer to your navel.
- Take in a deep breathe and stretch your shoulders, chest, and arms upward. Lift your heels and put your body weight on your toes.
- Hold your position while you take 5 to 10 breaths. Then breathe out and release your pose.