4 Yoga Poses For Boosting Immunity
Heading into the colder months, it's important to take an extra step in boosting your immune system. With seasonal changes and added stressors of the holidays, it can be easier to catch infection. We've all been inside our homes more than normal these past few months, with less exposure to the world, so our immune systems may be at a weaker point that we are used to. Here are 4 yoga poses to boost your immunity so you can be full of energy for the holiday festivities!
1. Crow Pose
Crow takes patience and consistency to master. Practicing this balancing posture daily will strengthen your abdominal walls, wrists and arms.
Keep your knees close to your triceps.
Have a focal point to help with balance.
Spread fingers wide as you lean forward.
2. Half Lord Of The Fishes
When the digestive system isn't at peak function, toxins can build up in the system, leading to inflammation. Twisting postures help digestion by gently compressing and stimulating the stomach. Relieving toxins will boost your immunity!
Breathe 5x on each side.
Lift the gaze over your shoulder.
Option to extend the bottom leg.
Option to cross the ankle over the bottom leg.
3. Cobra Pose
Cobra is thought to stimulate the Thymus. The thymus secretes thymosin, a hormone necessary for T-cell production which is the body's first response to infection. By stimulating this organ your body will have a more effective immune response.
Breathe 3x, come down, repeat.
Align shoulders over wrists.
Press through the tops of the feet.
4. Mountain Pose (Or Tree Pose)
This staple yoga posture is known to relieve stress and increase awareness by harmonizing your body and mind. It also is known to boost blood circulation and regulate the digestive system.
Hold for 20-30 seconds.
Firm thigh muscles/lift knee caps.
Lift the arches of your feet.
For a more advanced posture,
life one leg above the knee for tree pose (shown in photo).