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The vessel that is the human body is a piece of sophisticated technology that comes with its own protective system. Man’s ability to survive and thrive through the millennia of his existence is almost surely linked with the immune system’s adaptability to our living environments.
Disease-causing germs or pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, are removed from the body or prevented from entering thanks to our immune system. However, there are millions of unidentified viruses and pathogens in the air that we still remain vulnerable to. The global pandemic caused by covid-19 is proof of that—and it has now turned our attention to the importance of our immunity.
But how can we boost our immunity? While diet is key, holistic practices like yoga can provide the natural support that our immune system requires. You see, asanas, pranayama, and meditation lower the stress hormones in your body which strengthens the immune system.
Yoga also improves the functioning of our lungs and respiratory tract; it stimulates the lymphatic system removing toxins from the body, and ensures the optimal functioning of all our organs. Simple and effective—all you need to do is spend 15-20 minutes on your yoga mat for guaranteed good health.
Here are a few asanas, meditation, and pranayama techniques that can improve your immune system, and overall health.
1. Dhanurasana or bow pose
Word of advice: Refrain from doing this posture if you have injured your shoulders, wrists, back and/or neck. Also avoid, if you’re pregnant.
2. Mandukasana or frog pose
3. Khand pranayama
Note: You may begin by practicing this breathing technique for 1-2 minutes a day and gradually increase it with time.
4. Sthiti dhyan
5. Chakrasana or wheel pose
Not just these techniques, yoga, in general, can give you a boost
When you practice yoga regularly, it increases endorphins which are feel-good chemicals produced within the body. This improves your state of mind and promotes better health.
Yoga and meditation practices impact the body and the mind positively, thereby improving your immunity. When we are fit and healthy in the body, we automatically become more confident in the knowledge that we are tough enough to fight diseases.