Good evening, dear friends 😀
I have been looking around for some really good Yoga videos that I can learn, mix and match them, and put together for my daily Yoga sessions, just to make my exercise more interesting. This video here would interest many of you, as the Yoga postures here are intended to strengthen our immune system……now, who wouldn’t want to be healthy and strong, ey? 😀
Beginning Yoga For Strong Immune System
Balancing the immune system with yoga
by Jeff Migdow, M.D., The Yoga Site
For many of us, the arrival of autumn means it’s time to stock up on Kleenex and cough drops. Along with seasonal allergies, autumn means colder weather that can bring with it colds and flu. But yoga can help by strengthening and balancing your basic weapon against sinus conditions — the immune system. Yoga postures, pranayama (deep breathing techniques), relaxation and meditation are powerful tools for helping to stimulate or calm the immune response depending on the situation.
Practicing any yoga posture in a relaxing way with slow deep breathing and the intention to let go and relax the nervous system can be very beneficial in decreasing the symptoms of allergies. The relaxation time at the end of a yoga class can also be an important part of decreasing allergic immune response.
Relaxing the nervous system has been shown to help direct the immune system to attack the viruses and bacteria that increase in colder weather. Colds are caused by bacteria and affect the upper respiratory system, causing stuffiness, coughing, sore throat, etc. If the immune system is weak, the bacteria can go into the lungs and cause bronchitis or pneumonia. Viruses go deeper into the system, causing chills, fever or pain and aching in the joints.
But a strong immune system can frost the invaders within a few days, preventing more extreme manifestations of the illness and in fact strengthening the immune system. Again, yoga postures done in a relaxed way and slow, deep pranayama (breathing techniques) can help relax the nervous system and boost the immune response.
Another way to build the immune system and improve sinus-related conditions is to focus on the thymus gland. Located in the chest, the thymus gland is the locus of the immune system. Thus both the thymus gland and the immune system are stimulated by any posture in which we open the chest and breathe deeply into it. The most beneficial Yoga postures for this purpose are the Cobra, the Pigeon, the Fish, the Boat, the Bow and the Bridge.