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How To Naturally Boost The Immune System With Yoga

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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:

  1. Primary Immunodeficiencies – usually this type of immunodeficiency is rare and you are born with it.
  2. Secondary Immunodeficiencies – this type of immunodeficiency can be due to external factors, which can include some of the following:
    1. stress
    2. poor nutrition
    3. lack of exercise
    4. drug & alcohol abuse
    5. air pollutants, including smoking
    6. heavy metals
    7. pesticides

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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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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 🙂

Namaste

 

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14 Comments

  1. Wow! This is a really engaging post, I enjoyed reading it. I’ve been doing yoga now for about 5 years, and I’ve definitely noticed a major difference in my overall well-being. I haven’t been as consistent as I would love to be, but recently I’ve started again and I’m gonna try doing it daily.
    Thank you very much for this reminder and valuable information. Asanas and pranayama practice really help to increase flexibility, strength, and boost immunity.
    Great article, keep up the great work.

    Blessings
    Mikhail

    1. Hi Mikhail, thanks for dropping by and I am glad that my post has motivated you to keep practicing yoga 🙂 It definitely has numerous benefits that can change our life.

  2. Jerry McCoy says:

    The knowledge you imparted about yoga is wonderful. I was just beginning to learn yoga when covid-19 entered our country. It was starting to help me a great deal. 

    My immune system became compromised last year due to two significant events. First, I had to have an aortic valve replacement on my heart, major surgery. This was caused by a bacterial infection of the blood. Second, I contracted what is called autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. This is a gradual paralysis of the body which can result in death if not caught in time. 

    My physical training instructor at the gym I was working out at introduced me to yoga and it was beginning to help. I have tried to continue but my mind wandered too much. This article served as a reminder that yoga has many benefits that are often ignored. Thank you for bringing that back to my attention. I have bookmarked this article so I can go back and look up some of the exercises.

    Will I be able to buy some books that are dedicated to yoga? Where would I find places that teach yoga in my area? How advanced do the yoga exercises get?

    Jerry

    1. admin says:

      Hi Jerry, thanks a lot for your comment and for sharing your personal experience. I am really sorry to hear about your health complications, but I am glad that you stayed strong and tried to find alternative ways to get better! It is definitely difficult to focus, but don’t give up…it just takes time to train the mind to focus. Eventually you will be able to focus 100% most of the time. 

      One of the books that I would definitely recommend for anyone that is interested in Yoga, would be: “Light on Yoga: the Bible of Modern Yoga” written by B.K.S. Iyengar. Although this book was published in 1966, it’s an amazing guide written by one of the master of yoga…it includes the philosophy go yoga as well as a picture guide of each of the poses. 

      If you wish to practice yoga in your area, as I am not sure where you live, I would recommend you type onto google “yoga classes near me”. I think that having a yoga teacher would definitely be the best option for you in case you may have any health issues. Regarding the difficulty of the yoga poses, there are some really difficult ones that even I cannot do yet. But I think the most important is that you listen to your body and know your limitations when doing any yoga pose. 

      Yoga can be really beneficial for anyone, just have to be persistent 🙂

  3. Chezya says:

    Very engaging article, i enjoyed reading through it and imagined myself doing some of the poses and its funny that i never really took yoga seriously. I’ve had my friends tell me about it in the past and i have seen it on the web as well but really didn’t take time to understand it until now. Your article has me thinking about it and i will take it on. I have made a decision to try out yoga, Thank you. 

    1. admin says:

      Hi, and thanks for dropping by! I am glad that I have inspired you to start practicing yoga. I am sure you will love the benefits of yoga.

  4. Blessed says:

    Good job friend, this post is of great importance if people can adhere to your advice, especially now with this present predicament of our time (Covid 19).

    I really love the meditation yoga because it helps to relax the nerves, brain and also keeps anxiety away, the sitting meditation yoga will be just fine for me, I will try it out tomorrow! Thanks for sharing this review.

    1. admin says:

      Hi, I agree with you I love meditation yoga & as well a restorative yoga as it is done very slowly and it’s super relaxing. At times like these, we need to make sure we keep our mental health in check, as staying in quarantine can also be very stressful!

  5. Philebur says:

    Hello there! Thanks alot for this article. I’ve been doing yoga for quite a long time now but I’ve not really been serious with it. But after going through this article, I must take my Yoga seriously. What attracted me to your page was the simplicity of the website and I must say you did a good job. Thank you for such a wonderful article…

    1. admin says:

      Hi, and thanks for stopping by! Yes, it’s funny how yoga can come and go into our lives. I am sure that it will be a practice that will always keep coming back to your life due to its many benefits…it’s just that sometimes we forget!

  6. Awinikistevie says:

    Wow! Yoga is a series of mental and physical practices that helllps boost the immune system. Meditation is a useful yoga practice that trains attention and awareness, and achieve a clear and emotional calm state.which is responsible for building the brain for a stronger immunity. I love doing five (5) minutes meditation every morning and it has benefited me.

    Thanks.

    1. admin says:

      Yes, Yoga definitely has numerous benefits than benefit our body, mind and soul! I think that even 5 minutes of meditation everyday can help us tremendously…It’s always good to practice a little bit compared to never at all!

  7. evans says:

    This article is really WOW…How could one ever have thought that yoga could help increase the level of one’s immune system naturally…yoga we know deals with a connection between our mind and the inner peace and to a point I see how connected it is to our health…I will definitely try out these types of yoga you have mentioned here to help one boost his immune system naturally…
    Thanks for the awesome article

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for dropping by! Yes, it’s crazy how yoga alone can already benefit our immunity greatly. Together with meditation, healthy diet, and enough sleep, it will make your immunity even stronger.

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