At times like these, I think we really have no choice but to start caring about our bodies. COVID-19 is no joke, so we really need to be as healthy as we can. There are many facts we don’t know about COVID-19, but we do know that it can be fatal for those who have a lower immunity. We are all mostly in quarantine at the moment, so it’s the perfect time to change our lifestyle and start new habits. Let me show you how to naturally boost the immune system with yoga, so that you can feel stronger and healthier. You don’t need to buy any expensive supplements or equipment, you just need determination and consistency!
Why Are Our Immune Systems Compromised?
But first, let’s try to understand what is an immunocompromised system and why does it become immunocompromised?
Having an immunocompromised system means that our immune system has become weak, therefore our bodies have less power to combat diseases and infections. Usually our bodies can protect us from viruses and common colds, but when our immunity is weak, we are much more prone to getting an infection. We definitely don’t want that to happen!
There are two main reasons why our bodies can become immunocompromised:
- Primary Immunodeficiencies – usually this type of immunodeficiency is rare and you are born with it.
- Secondary Immunodeficiencies – this type of immunodeficiency can be due to external factors, which can include some of the following:
- poor nutrition
- lack of exercise
- drug & alcohol abuse
- air pollutants, including smoking
- heavy metals
Some examples of secondary immunodeficiencies: AIDS, and some types of cancer
Also, our immune system can attack itself (autoimmune diseases), and that’s why we have some diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis. Anyway, no matter what you have, the least we can do is try to have a strong base so we can put up a fight with whatever attacks us! And there are many ways we can do that, specially with yoga, as you will see below.
5 Types Of Yoga Poses (Asanas) To Raise Your Immunity
According to Harvard Medical School, the benefits of just walking are impressive. If you walk everyday you can decrease greatly your chances of getting sick, so can you image if you begin practicing Yoga? There are many benefits that yoga can bring you, and one of them includes raising your immunity. I believe that all yoga poses can help our bodies in different ways, but I will show you below the 5 most popular ones that can help you boost your immunity.
- Wide Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana) – This is a significant pose, as it brings blood flow to your brain and as well as it increases the flow of lymph in your blood – meaning that all the nasty viruses and bacteria can get filtered out by your lymph nodes. (Please avoid doing this pose if you have lower back problems)
- Fish Pose (Matsyasana) – this pose opens up your chest and throat, which helps to open up your airways and improve breathing. Also, it assists in restoring the thymus gland (which is a critical part of the immune system)
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) – this is an amazing pose for digestion and opening our lungs. It’s also a really relaxing and not difficult pose to do.
- Forward Bend (Uttanasana) – This pose is also great to bring blood flow to your brain, but also for clearing a stuffy nose and shielding your sinuses from getting a cold.
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana) – this is the base for all yoga poses, it’s fantastic for digestion and maintaining balance. Also, makes us more relaxed, improves our breathing, and great for our blood circulation.
Remember that movement alone can help a lot to improve our health, as movement is what we live for. Not only are these poses already going to help you, but also you will need to focus on your pranayama (breath work) while doing your asanas.
Breath Work (Pranayama) – Getting More Oxygen Into Your Body
“Prana” means life force (a.k.a. breath), and “yama” means control in Sanskrit, so pranayama means breath control. However, it goes far beyond only controlling our breaths. Not only does our breath bring oxygen to our body, but it brings energy as well. One of the main reasons why so many people are sick these days is due to stress, and stress brings down our immunity big time. There are 5 types of pranayama, and they are all about being able to control and prolong our breath. One of the main points we need to understand is that we should breathe through our nose, and expand our bellies, instead of expanding our chest. By using diaphragmatic breathing, we can breathe deeper and bring more oxygen and energy into our bodies. When we breathe by expanding out chest, you will notice that the breath is more shallow, which signals our brain that we are in a stressful situation.
Just by breathing correctly, you will have numerous benefits overtime. Not only are you going to have more energy, less stress, better blood circulation, and a healthier heart, you will also be able to transition to a deep meditation as your body and mind will fall deeper into relaxation.
Meditation – Training The Brain For A Stronger Immunity
Honestly, meditation was very hard for me in the beginning. I am a super active and anxious person, so just thinking of sitting down for 10 or 30 minutes to calm my mind, made me nervous. But I was wrong…and I can tell you that I love meditation now and I strive to do it everyday due to the many benefits it has brought me, such as being much less anxious than before, clearer thinking, more energy, being more mindful, and much more. Like anything, we don’t just develop skills to meditate by only doing it seldom. We need to be consistent with our practice to see results.
Meditation can be done seated or in fact yoga can also be a sort of meditation in motion. By focusing on your breathing and poses, and nothing else, you begin to enter a meditative state. Being able to turn off your thoughts and worries can bring tremendous benefits by reducing stress in your life, which in turn will boost your immunity.
Don’t Wait Until You’re Sick, Begin Now…
Living a healthy lifestyle and practicing yoga and other exercises will prevent you from getting sick. Even if you do get sick, it will be for a much shorter time. Like the saying goes “Our health is our wealth”, there is nothing more valuable than our health and life. So now that I have showed you how to naturally boost the immune system with yoga, what actions are you going to take to improve your immunity? Feel free to share below 🙂
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