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Updated: Apr 12

There are of course many but as we're just beginning to slowly recover from the ravages of a Pandemic where better to start than with the immune system!


Does Yoga boost your immune system?

Yes! Any form of movement is great for keeping the immune system healthy. With yoga’s twisting, inverting, back bending, and calming, the body is able to spend more time within the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and less with the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight system, which causes stress and inflammation and dramatically lowers the immune system). Yoga helps us fight infections by boosting our immune system, reducing stress and strengthening our body's functions and systems.


Here are five Yoga poses designed to boost immunity.

Note: always consult with your yoga practitioner before attempting these, to ensure that you do them safely and in support of any injuries or weaknesses you may have.


1. Tadasana- Mountain Pose

Formation of the posture:

  • Stand with your feet together

  • Keep your back straight

  • Bring your palms together and interlock them

  • Inhale and lift your stretch your arms up, palms facing outward

  • Look up and gently drop your head back on your shoulders

  • Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 1-2 times1.



2. Anjaneyasana- Low lunge pose

Formation of the Posture

  • Begin in Samasthithi

  • Step back with your left leg back, drop your knee and extend your toes out

  • Your legs must be wide enough to align your right knee with the right ankle

  • Push your pelvis downward

  • Raise your arms overhead

  • Bend your upper body back and form an arch (which resembles half a moon)




3. Shalabasana- Locust Pose

Formation of the posture

  • Lie flat on your stomach

  • Arms can be stretched out ahead

  • Keep your knees straight and feet together

  • Inhale and lift your legs and arms up together

  • Lift your head up raising your chest off the floor as much as possible

  • Hold the posture for 10 seconds




4. Bakasana- Crow Pose (this is an advanced pose if you are a beginner)

Formation of the posture

  • Begin on all fours with your palms and knees on the ground

  • Place your elbows down aligned shoulder distance and spread our your fingers

  • Bring your knees to your triceps

  • Lean forward shifting your body weight onto your triceps

  • Slowly lift both your feet off the ground and balance

  • Focus at a point and hold




5. Krupa Chaturanga Dandasana- Four-Limbed Staff Pose on Elbows

Formation of the posture

  • Start on all fours, ensuring palms are under the shoulders and knees below hips

  • Lift your knees off the ground and align your pelvis with your shoulders for Plank Pose

  • Slowly drop your elbows on your mat one by one

  • Align your elbows with your shoulders

  • Engage your core



If you feel that your immune system is not as robust as you would like, consider starting your yoga journey. Please contact me to discuss.

Love and Light

Mary



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