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Perhaps, we weren't very aware of the word immunity earlier like we are now in this Coronavirus outbreak. Now that the world is still struggling with the absence of a prominent vaccination for COVID-19, the only defense that is left with us against the novel Coronavirus is our immune system. As the pandemic is taking a toll on us, most of us are only focused on building immunity. In the current times, low resistance, a fragile body, and a weak defense mechanism is something that nobody wants. So, we need something that can act as a natural immunity booster, and what else could be better than yoga asanas. You can also get access to FITPASS-TV to get fit at home with Live workout sessions. Moreover, our FITCOACH- A.I led fitness program is always available to achieve your fitness goals. Register and take FITPASS membership to remain fit always.
Yoga poses have been used for centuries to keep the mind, body, and soul in total harmony. If yoga is practiced regularly with sincerity, it can enhance your focus at work, recharge your body, boost your immune system, help in getting rid of toxins and reduce stress. Basically, if yoga asanas are practiced regularly, they can promote the general well-being of humans. It is always recommended to follow slow and rhythmic yoga as it not only relaxes the body and mind, but also helps in releasing congestion and enhancing overall well-being.
Yoga can help in reducing the stress levels and keep the mind calm and this has been proven time and again. Knowing that stress can have an adverse impact on our immune system, it is recommended to practice yoga poses regularly to reduce the effect on our body.
Let's dig in further to understand different yoga asanas that could boost your immunity:
Pranayama and Sukhasana
Pranayama is one of the most basic yoga exercises practiced by many on a daily basis. It is simple but an effective technique to relieve your stress and let you relax. This exercise involves breathing deeply and exhaling. This could be helpful in reducing the stress, calming heart rate and distress. Most of all, it supports strong immunity.
Boosting immunity only requires a simple approach and Sukhasana is one such effective technique. It is a traditional pose for meditation and allows for optimal breathing.
Let’s try it:
- Make yourself sit in a comfortable position
- Legs must either be crossed or kneeling
- Breathe deeply, inhale as your lungs expand and slowly exhale
- Continue to do this yoga pose for 5 to 10 minutes daily
- Find a comfortable position and keep your legs crossed
- Stack your shoulders over your hips, slightly tuck the chin and head over your shoulders
- Inhale length up the entire spine
- Now exhale and feel rooted in your seat
- Stay for as long as you feel good
- Take 10 deep breaths daily
Also, known as standing bow pose, this yoga pose is the key to good health. This is another yoga asana which is helpful in boosting immunity. This asana acts as an ideal stress buster and helps in improving the flow of white blood cells.
Let's try it:
- Keep your weight on your left leg
- Bring your right leg up behind you
- Grab the right leg with your left arm
- Keep your right arm straight and bring it out in front of you for the balance
- Now breathe for 3 breaths
Known as the Mountain Pose, Tadasana is a basic pose from which all the other poses have emerged. Therefore, it is apt to say that it is the ‘mother’ of all other asanas of yoga. Tadasana is a basic level Yoga pose that can be done at any time of the day. You have to hold the position for at least five deep breaths or 10-20 seconds.
Let's try it:
- Stand on your feet together
- Keep your back straight
- Interlock by bringing your palms together
- Breathe in and stretch your arms up
- Look up and drop your head on your shoulders
- Hold the position for 5-10 seconds
Also known as the child’s pose or resting pose, Shishuasana is especially helpful to induce relaxation. It includes different inversions and backbends during a yoga routine.
- Calms down the nervous system
- Deeply relaxing for the back
- Relieves constipation
Let's try it:
- Sit down on your knees
- Your hips should touching your heels
- Bend forward to bring your forehead forward
- Then touch the floor
- Keep your hands along the sides
- Take your palms up facing up towards the ceiling
- Now press your chest gently down on the thighs
- Hold this position
- Focus on your breath
- Rise up gently and sit on your heels
- Return to the starting position