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In the first part of this series, we tried to understand Immunity as a concept and the foods we can incorporate in our daily lives to improve our immunity. Click to read Turn Your Immunity Into your superpower! foods for immunity if you haven’t read it yet. Now let’s explore how Yoga can help boost immunity.

Yoga has the power to change and improve all the functions of the human body through the effective removal of toxins, strengthening and rejuvenating of organs, balancing hormones, increasing blood flow etc. In addition to a few of the asanas mentioned below, deep breathing exercises also help improve bodily functions and calm the mind.

Some Yoga asanas (postures) for Immunity

1. Twisting poses –Twisting poses are one of the best group of asanas that work on the internal organs more than we can imagine. They help stretch all our organs from the throat to the pelvis, with a special focus on the digestive system and very good practice to work on the Peyer’s patches in the small intestine.

2. Sitting side bends – Any sitting side bends will work on your Spleen along with many other organs, which play a major role in strengthening the immune system. Choose one depending on your level of flexibility.

3. Kapalbhati – This is a breathing practice, also called a kriya, which means a technique for cleansing. It has numerous benefits, mainly cleaning the respiratory system by expelling the dust particles, impurities, toxins, and other substances which are transferred to the lungs from the cells through the bloodstreams.

4. Nadi shodhana – One of the easiest and most powerful breathing practices in yoga, it balances the nervous system and thus the functioning of the organs. It provides the body with an abundant amount of oxygen which is the primary fuel necessary for smooth functioning of all the systems.

5. Jalandhar bandha – Bandhas are neuromuscular locks which are created by force for a few seconds to clear the energy channels or Nadis in our body and balance the hormonal systems. Jalandhar bandha is done by pressing the chin to the neck while you hold the breath in. It can balance and improve the functioning of Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Pituitary glands. Practising this can enhance the functioning of Tonsils and Adenoids which are a major part of the immune system in stopping the bacteria and viruses from entering the body.

6. Uddiyan bandha – Like the above, this is for the abdomen area. This is done by pulling the abdomen muscles in while you hold the breath out. this practice can support the immune system by balancing the energy channels in the stomach area and thus the functioning of the Peyer’s patches.

So while we all agree that these are some of our most testing times, the optimists in us can see that this can be an opportunity to work towards making our immunity our superpower with some dedication and consistency. And if you need that little push and someone to hold you accountable for your better health, you can count on us at Trance Yoga. Contact us today and let us help nurture a better you!

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