Summary: With the pandemic taking a toll on people’s mental health, the importance of yoga asanas has never been essential. This article throws light on the best yoga asanas to help boost immunity in tough times.
Author Bio: Neha has been pursuing her dreams as a fitness writer for 10 years and she is well-versed with yoga asanas. She aspires to write her own book on yoga asanas after a year as she is quite knowledgeable by now.
With the lethal pandemic raging throughout the globe, taking care of your well-being has never been so essential. People have been focusing on staying healthy since the onset of the pandemic, both physically and mentally. And, as far as physical fitness is concerned, paying attention to the immune system of the body is imperative. Boost immunity and help your body’s defense mechanism fight any infection or virus.
Other than safeguarding your body from numerous diseases, your immune system is essential to keeping you mentally healthy. Relaxation and stress reduction often come from a healthy immune system and that is possible if you include yoga in your daily regime. As per studies, yoga can help boost your immunity and provide you with long life. Here are some asanas that can help your body sail through the pandemic hardships.
Shalabasana (Locust Yoga)
When looking for yoga asanas to boost your immunity, Shalabasana, also known as locust yoga, can come to your rescue. This yoga can help you strengthen your lower back, spine, arms, hip joints as well as pelvic organs, and legs as well.
How to do
- Start by lying flat on your stomach followed by stretching your arms.
- Make sure to keep feet together and knees straight.
- Lift up your arms and legs together.
- The next step follows lifting your head up followed by raising your chest from the floor.
- Maintain this pose for 10 seconds
This asana benefits you from constant backache. It is one of the widely accepted yoga postures for boosting immunity as it helps improve your blood flow to the area of your spine and helps you apply sufficient pressure on your abdomen as well.
Kundalini yoga for boosting your immune system can be of great help if you are looking forward to beating the pandemic health blues. All you need is constant practice to achieve the stage of ultimate peace of mind. Here are the steps and benefits.
How To Do
- The first step starts with an opening chant. This is also referred to as tuning in.
- The next step is warming up your body. You have to do breathing exercises, also known as pranayama. This is for controlling your breath.
- The next step is kriya. It is a combination of mudras, postures, sounds, pranayamas, and meditation. Some examples are Lotus pose, Cobra pose, and Archer pose.
- The final step involves meditating followed by a relaxation of your mind.
This yoga asana, apart from helping boost immunity, helps improve cognitive function, boosts your self-perception, brings spiritual enlightenment, and relieves you from anxiety and stress. More than yoga for the body, it is yoga for the mind.
Vasisthasana (Side Plank Pose)
Vasisthasana, also known as Utthita Vasisthasana or Side Plank pose, refers to a balancing type of asana within the field of modern yoga as an exercise. Its
How To Do
- Shift your body to the right hand, and make sure to roll onto the edge of the right foot.
- Stretch your left arm simultaneously with the left ear.
- Now, make sure to lift your left hip, followed by arching your side.
- Now, continue breathing into your left side ribs.
- Continue poses on the other side.
Vasisthasana helps make your forearms, wrists, shoulders, and spine strong. It improves flexibility in your wrists and further opens up the hamstrings and hips. This yoga asana also improves concentration, balance, and focus and tones the abdominal muscles.
Research reveals that people with addictive and imbalanced tendencies have moderate activity within the area of their brain that controls interoceptive consciousness― our capacity to perceive and experience perceptions within our bodies. Yoga Nidra improves and coordinates this part of your brain.
How To Do
- Yoga Nidra is usually done with the help of an instructor and usually skips physical steps and begins in Savasana.
- Starting with your body scan, your yoga instructor can help you invite a state of comfortable awareness, leading you deep into your body.
- During the practice, your instructor will undergo a liminal reflective state connecting sleep and wakefulness.
During this yoga asana, the body enhances its capacity to regulate hormones, take in nutrients, maintain glucose levels, and boost immunity. By exciting your parasympathetic nervous system, your mind quiets, and your body starts to heal itself consistently.
Yoga can be a very essential part of your life, not to mention the benefits. So, if you are looking for a healthy lifestyle regime, start with the above asanas today and thank us later!