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India reported over 27,000 new Covid-19 cases on the first Sunday of the New Year, signalling the dire need for everyone to step up and follow safety protocols. Besides that, strengthening the immune system must take top priority. Practising yoga can help you to maintain the immune system of the body, thereby preventing diseases and keeping you healthy.
Yoga asanas lead to a fit body, calmer mind; reduces anxiety, and removes stress. That can give a steady boost to your immunity, which is also driven by what you eat. But doing yoga allows the toxins to be released and helps you enjoy a healthy life.
Avoid eating anything after 8 pm. Eat light and do not push it too late in the night as this does not give your body sufficient time to go through the process of digestion, and it can be extremely taxing on your body.
Getting adequate sleep is imperative for good health. Sleep occupies a significant portion in our lives helping the body to generate the required energy to function properly. Regular and routine sleep can also improve your digestion, eliminate any stomach or digestive disorders and boost immunity. Pranayama and meditation can be done at night to remove toxins from the body and help you feel relaxed.
Practicing even some of the simplest yoga asanas can be life-changing. It will not only calm your mind from the Covid-19 related stress and anxiety, but also boost your immunity.
Vajrasana – Thunderbolt pose
* Drop on your knees and rest your pelvis on your heels
* Keep heels slightly apart
* Place palms on knees
* Straighten your back
* Lie on your belly
* Bend knees and hold ankles with palms
* Inhale and lift up legs and balance on your stomach
Chakrasana- Wheel Pose
* Lie on your back
* Fold your legs and place your palms reversed and next to ears
* Inhale, and lift up your entire body
* Relax the neck
* Begin in Samasthithi
* Exhale and fold forward bringing the trunk closer to the thighs.
Initially, you can bend your knees slightly
* Gradually try to straighten your knees and place palms down beside feet
* Sit down and stretch your legs out in front of you
* Gently reach forward and hold your ankles, or toes
* Hold as long as you are comfortable
Studies show that chewing your food can be one of the easiest ways to ensure that your body absorbs all the nutrients and vitamins. Chewing for a minimum of 24 times can help to improve digestion and does ensure that the body can be enriched through the nutrients present in the food. This also helps to improve blood circulation, immunity, and improve the functioning of all your organs.
Try not to sleep just after a meal and you can practice sitting in poses like vajrasana. Vajrasana is considered to be the only asana or yoga pose which can be done immediately after consumption of food. This is because sitting in this particular alignment is very helpful in aiding digestion, and boosting strength and immunity. You can also take a walk after a meal after having waited for about 10 minutes.