Before we dig into our topic, which is – “Yoga Poses For Better Immunity” let’s have a look at how COVID – 19 has changed our lives.
Just when we thought the new millennium couldn’t witness anything as of World War II or the Great Depression, the global destiny was writing its prophecy of the world. The COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Trade Organisation on 11th March 2020. The virus outbroke in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where cases started emerging since November 2019. The virus is known to penetrate the human body in various ways, and cause the severe respiratory syndrome, fever, cough, and nausea.
The COVID pandemic is redefining the global health crisis of our times. Most countries are having a hard time dealing with this virus as the cases shoot up every day. Human existence is at the verge of a downfall. Everything seems obfuscated, and people are feeling helpless and scared. However, global health experts and researchers have suggested a few measures t, which can be adopted to abstain from catching the virus.
Most health articles today use the word “immunity” as Indians use turmeric in their curries. It is just everywhere! Apart from maintaining hygiene standards, boosting immunity is considered a precondition for fighting the coronavirus. It has been observed that people with the lower immune system are more susceptible to catching this virus. Hence it has become a predisposition to have a robust immunity system in order to combat the onslaught of the virus. In this regard, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is really essential. A good diet and sleep schedule, punctuated with a healthy dose of exercise, can help in improving the metabolism, which is directly correlated to the immunity of the body.
Yoga Poses For Better Immunity
The stress surrounding the current scenario has taken a severe toll on our mental and physical well-being; let alone the corona crisis. But our ancestors have left us such a tradition that can help combat most modern day ailments by increasing immunity and metabolism. Yoga is one such treasure. Yoga helps in enhancing the circulation process of the body, like blood circulation, breath etc. This helps in building a more muscular immunity system for the body and also enhances the body’s ability to combat ailments. Here is a list of Yoga asanas and pranayamas to strengthen immunity
Bhujangasana OR COBRA POSE
Bhujangasana has been a famous yoga pose in recent times. The name has been derived from the Sanskrit words bhujanga, which means ‘snake’ and asana means ‘posture or seat’.This is because it resembles a cobra with its hood raised. Bhujangasana is said to be part of the sequence of yoga postures in Padma Sadhana and the eight pose of the 12 poses of Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. This asana is incredibly helpful in increasing the blood circulation in the body, which makes the body cells more oxygenated and alive. Improved blood circulation also leads to the maintenance of hormonal balance and ultimately building a better immune system.
The word ‘Balasana’ has been derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Bala’ and ‘asana’, which translates to ‘child’s pose’. It is named so as it refers to the essential fetal position and the consequent child-like vulnerabilities that may be experienced as a result of the pose. It is also believed that this pose lets a person connect to the early memories of being in the womb. This is a great relaxation exercise, which gets rids of stress and anxiety, which are familiar visitors in the current pandemic situation.
Anulom Vilom is a yogic breathing exercise that is a form of alternate nostril breathing designed to calm the body and mind. This simple exercise, when performed regularly, is known to balance the Tridoshas (three doshas) in the body, namely Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. Most ailments are a result of imbalances in these doshas in the body. Anulom Vilom practices are known to improve lung function and endurance of pain. This exercise promotes higher levels of oxygen in the body, which helps in better blood circulation and thereby maintaining blood pressure. It is highly advisable to practice Anulom Vilom every morning, to keep the body healthy and fit.
Otherwise known as Skull Cleanser, Kapalbhati Pranayama actually means skull shining breath. The main aim of this asana is to clear the mucus in the air passages, relieve congestion, reduce bloating and improve lung capacity. However, it also facilitates inducing a refreshing breath that can build body heat, that enables a good bowel movement, aiding to fight a stressful mind. COVID-19 disease tends to drain the oxygen level from the body. So Kapalbhati can be a helpful exercise to restore the same
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
The best benefits of Sukhasana pose is that it helps to regulate the breathing cycle of the body. It aids in having a clean breath, which brings in the sense of tranquillity in the body. It helps to stretch the hips wide open, which makes you feel lighter. It also facilitates to straighten the alignment of the back and help in maintaining a good body posture. The asana is very easy to do, as the name suggests and also helps in building immunity.
Triangle Pose- Trikonasana:
Trikonasana is a popular yoga posture to boost immunity. While doing this pose, you need to alternate on both of your left and right side, whilst forming a triangle. This pose helps your spine generate flexibility when you lean sideways, and it helps in reducing spondylitis. Also, it is essential to ensure that your shoulders align with one another when leaning.
King Dancer (Natarajasana)
The King Dancer yoga pose is beneficial for ailments such as shoulder pain, spondylitis etc. It stretches your shoulders out, relieving you of pain while also improving the overall balance of the body. It also focuses on the muscles in the legs and core, improving their strength at the same time, which in turn enhances immunity. Natarajasana has proven to be one of the most pivotal yoga for daily life, to ensure the maintenance of a healthy and disease-free lifestyle.
Uttanasana (Forward Bend)
This exercise is especially useful to relieve congestion and protect the sinuses and mucus membranes. Uttanasana requires you to bend forward, in the form of an inversion exercise and thus helps in rejuvenating the overall immune system of the body. It is an act of submission to the ground, which in turn helps in improving the immunity of the body.
As they say, yoga is the answer to all ailments. Times are tough, and yoga is a fantastic practice to resort to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improve the overall immunity of the body.