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Yoga For A Strong Immune System

Yoga postures, pranayama, relaxation and meditation are powerful tools for helping to stimulate or calm the immune response depending on the situation.

Poor diet, lack of nutrition, stress, anxiety, alcohol, drugs, and toxins in our environment are all factors that can weaken our immunity.

Our immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body and fight off infections and diseases. These defensive cells are located in our white blood cells. They are transferred around the body by the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes move through the body by muscle contractions, unlike blood, which is pumped naturally by the heart.

Allergy like a stuffy nose, ears and sinus, inflamed eyes, headaches, sore throat and difficulty in breathing are all caused by the mucus-producing process of the immune system attacking innocuous invaders. Through relaxation, the nervous system can tell the immune system to settle down and stop attacking the foreign bodies, which are naturally cleared out in a non-allergic person by sneezing once or twice a day. When the immune system backs off, inflammation and mucus decrease and symptoms diminish.

If the immune system is weak, the bacteria can go into the lungs and cause bronchitis or pneumonia. Viruses go deeper into the system, causing chills, fever or pain and aching in the joints.

Here are 6 yoga postures that should be practiced on a regular basis to build a strong immunity.

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward  facing Dog)

This pose sends out energy throughout the body. It provides a great inversion, by increasing circulation. It’s a great lengthener and strengthener. It stretches the calves, hamstrings, back,shoulders and abdominal muscles.


Bala-asana (Child Pose)

This pose boosts immunity. Your head is lower then you heart, therefore you receive more circulation to the face.

Prasarita Padottanasana (Straddle forward bend)

Forward Bending poses  are very soothing. They encourage the face to drop, therefore the head receives more blood, oxygen and vital nutrients.

Sirsasana (Head stand)

This pose is an energizing inversion. It stimulates the pituitary gland, which governs blood pressure, regulates water in the body, metabolism, sex organ function andthyroid function.

Halasana (plough pose)

This pose stimulates the spinal nerves and and strengthens your spine and back. It increases the blood supply and provides healthy nourishment for your internal organs and improves overall blood circulation within the body.

Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)

This pose strengthens your abdominal muscles and opens up the hips. It stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands, therefore improving your overall health.

By practicing yoga regularly and building a strong immune system your body can frost the invaders within a few days, preventing more extreme manifestations of the illness and in fact strengthening the immune system.

Another way to build the immune system and improve sinus-related conditions is to focus on the thymus gland. Located in the chest, the thymus gland is the locus of the immune system. Thus both the thymus gland and the immune system are stimulated by any posture in which we open the chest and breathe deeply into it. The most beneficial postures for this purpose are the Cobra, the Pigeon, the Fish, the Boat, the Bow and the Bridge.

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