Need for a Strong Immune System:
A fully functional immune system is important for optimum health. There are many things that affect the immune system’s efficiency. We are surrounded by environmental pollutants, toxins, non nutrient dense diets and constant stress all of which affect our immune system causing it to weaken and be susceptible to disease. Yoga is an integral part of Vedic sciences propagates the entire cultural, spiritual and natural wisdom of cultivating our body and mind. Adding yoga into your life is an awesome way to build a strong defense system for your body.
Yoga for Immune System:
There are specific yoga postures that can help cleanse your body and release toxins, germs and infections. Our immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. 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. And Inversions do a great job in helping the heart pump blood more effectively.
Yoga provides holistic approaches for living life to its fullest. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various pranayama (breathing techniques), asanas (yoga postures) and dhyana (meditation) techniques.
[pullquote]Yoga includes physical, mental & spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind[/pullquote]
Through Yoga, one aims to increase one’s awareness, self-centeredness and emotional intelligence, and bring about the blossoming of consciousness. Many people who practice Yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. In addition, they may be addressing specific health conditions, such as back pain, weak immune, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety.
Few Yoga Practices to Improve your Immune System:
– Sit in padmasna or sukhasana.
– Your spine should be straight and eyes closed.
– Now join the tips of your thumb, ring finger and little finger. This is called pran mudra.
– Practice for minimum 5 minutes to 45 minutes. (anytime of day).
2. OM MANTRA:
– For practicing ‘OM MANTRA’ take position in Padmasana or Sukhasana.
– Close your eyes and bring both the hands in Gyan Mudra and touch the tip of thumb with the tip of index finger.
– Back and the neck should be straight. Keep all the muscles of the body relaxed. Body should be in a still position.
– Take deep breath and without pausing pronounce the word “OM“. Concentrate on pronouncing OM. Start with five minute duration and then slowly increase daily to 20 to 25 minutes.
– This cures high blood pressure, migraine, constipation, gas, indigestion, mental tension, heart ailments etc.
– By practicing OM Mantra, the problem of stammering is also cured.
– The chanting of OM Mantra improves the internal brightness. OM is the highest name of almighty God and by chanting it; we will remember Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
3. Vajrasana: (Thunderbolt pose)
– (Thunderbolt pose) Sit on the floor in kneeling position bring the big toes together and heels spread out lower the buttocks so that they rest comfortably on the seat made out by the feet.
– Keep your head, neck and shoulder straight. Keep the eyes closed. Hands on the knees palms facing down, Do it every day after your meal for minimum 5 minutes.
– This is the only asana in yoga which we can do after meals, preventing gastric problems.
– It is very good for high blood pressure, migraine, tension, heart diseases, and pain in the knees, legs and calves.
4. Dhanurasana (Bow pose):
– Lie flat on your stomach , with the legs and feet together and the arms and hands beside the body.
– Bend the knees and bring the heels close to the buttocks.
– Place the chin on the floor clasp your hands around the ankles.
– Take a deep breath and raise your head, trunk, and legs above the ground. In order to lift legs, pull hands and legs in opposite direction.
-Hold the position for as long as is comfortable and then slowly relaxing the leg muscles lower the legs, chest and head to the starting position. Do it minimum 3 times daily.
– This asana helps to improve digestion by stimulating gastric secretions.
– The liver, abdominal organ and muscles are massaged.
– This asana is recommended for the management of diabetes, menstrual disorders and neck pain. .
Caution: Patients of colitis, hernia and slipped disc should avoid this asana. Heart patients and hyper tension patients should do this asana under the guidance of yoga guru.
5. Nadi Shodana Pranayama:
– Sit in comfortable meditative posture. Keep the head and spine upright. Relax the whole body and close the eyes.
– Then with help of right hand thumb close the right nostril.
– Now breathe in through left nostril.
– Then close the left nostril with right hand (same hand) ring finger and release the pressure of the thumb on the right nostril while exhaling through the right nostril.
– Next inhale through the right nostril, close it with thumb and remove ring finger from the left nostril and exhale through left nostril.
This one round of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. Do it minimum 20 rounds.
– This pranayama ensures that the whole body is nourished by an extra supply of oxygen, Carbon Dioxide is efficiently expelled and blood is purified of toxins.
– This pranayama increase vitality and lowers stress levels and anxiety by harmonizing the prana.
– Nadi means channel or flow of energy and shoudhana means purification. This pranayama is very good for stress and mental depression.
6. Shavasana: (Corpse pose)
– Lie down on your back. Keep the legs straight on the floor, with both the feet apart as shoulder width.
– Toes should be turned outward as far as possible. Let the fingers curl up slightly.
– The head and the spine should be in a straight line.
– Relax the whole body and stop all physical movement. Close your eyes gently.
– Now mentally, watch your breathing and allow it to become rhythmic and relaxed. Duration should be minimum 5 minutes.
– This asana relaxes the whole Psycho-physiological system.
– This asana is very good for stress management, reducing the body’s energy loss, lowering the respiration and pulse rule, and resting the whole system. This asana is also known as mritasana (mrit means corpse).