With flu season in full swing, we’re trying to stay sniffle-free and healthy without falling victim to the nasty sickness that’s taking over. As we run away from the germs of our sneezing coworkers, it might be a good idea to practice a little yoga in a hiding spot to fight and prevent the onset of the flu.
Practicing certain yoga poses stretches the body to open up the muscles and increases blood circulation, which helps to detoxify and strengthen the immune system.
Yoga Poses to Fight the Flu Season
It’s important to listen to your body and get the rest you need if you feel the flu coming on. However, if you’re looking for the best yoga poses to practice in your safe zone, the following poses should help boost your immune system and keep you from getting sick.
1. Legs Up the Wall
Legs up the wall pose is an inversion pose that helps circulate lymph fluid and immune cells throughout the body.
- Sit about 3 feet across a wall and lie on your back. Keep your arms relaxed beside you.
- Lift your legs and place them on the wall, with your buttocks touching the base of the wall.
- Hold this position and get as comfortable and relaxed as you can.
- Focus on your breath and hold for 10 rounds.
2. Camel Pose
Camel pose promotes circulation and is good for your nervous and endocrine system. Practicing this pose can boost digestion and the lymphatic system, which are important to maintain when you are ill.
- Start on your knees at a hip-width distance apart and press through your shins to extend your upper body.
- Keeping the core tight, gently start to lean back slowly and reach your hands back to grab your ankles or heels. Your back should be arched and your head should fall in between your shoulder blades.
- Push your hips forward and hold this pose for about five breaths.
3. Seated Spinal Twist
Twisting your body in this seated spinal twist will help to activate the immune system and promote blood flow.
- Sit with your legs outstretched and keep your left leg extended while you bend your right knee to place the right foot outside the left knee.
- Bring your left arm to wrap around the right leg and place your right hand on the ground behind your tailbone.
- Inhale to lengthen your spine and exhale strongly.
- Hold this position for five breaths and repeat on the opposite side.
4. Bridge Pose
Bridge pose works to open up the chest, stimulating the thymus glands that help to strengthen the immune system.
- Lie with a flat back on the mat and bend your knees to plant your feet onto the floor. Bring your feet as close to your buttocks as possible and gently place your arms beside your hips.
- Actively pressing your arms and feet on the mat, raise your hips toward the ceiling, making your thighs and inner feet parallel to each other.
- Hold this position for about 30 to 60 seconds.
5. Bound Angle Pose
Bound angle pose is a great one to practice as it stimulates the heart and improves overall circulation, which not only helps to fight the flu but also soothes fatigue, mild depression and feelings of anxiety.
- Start by sitting on your mat with your legs extended out in front of you and inhale deeply.
- Exhale to bend your knees and drop out to the sides, bringing the soles of your feet together to touch.
- Grab your feet and bring them in as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can. Hold this pose for as long as you can and gently release.
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