While yoga is excellent to lose the flab and tone muscles, there are many yoga poses that strengthen you from within by improving the functioning of your organs, maintaining the hormonal balance and detoxifying your body naturally. All of these functions together work to strengthen your immunity and increase the body’s resistance to disease. Here are five yoga poses to rev up your immune system.
1. Downward Facing Dog Pose, Or Adho Mukha Shvanasana
This pose stimulates the circulatory system and serves as an excellent all-round warm-up. It promotes circulation, which helps the movement of white blood cells throughout the system. Being an inversion pose, it also opens your sinuses up. (Click here to find how to do this pose.)
2. Fish Pose, Or Matsyasana
This backbend pose opens up the chest and activates the thymus gland, which plays an important role in the maturation of T-cells (immune cells which fight pathogens). (Click here to find how to do this pose.)
3. Cow Face Pose, Or Gomukhasana
Gomukhasana helps in improving circulation as well as relieving bronchial congestion. (Click here to find how to do this pose.)
4. Bow Pose, Or Dhanurasana
This pose puts pressure on the belly and increases blood flow to the abdominal organs. It accelerates proper functioning of the thymus gland, thus improving immunity. (Click here to find how to do this pose.)
5. Shoulderstand, Or Salamba Sarvangasana
This inversion pose enhances the flow of the lymphatic system. It stimulates the endocrine system (glands that produce and secrete hormones directly into the blood) and aids in the smooth distribution of immune cells throughout the body. (Click here to find how to do this pose.)
Adding yoga to your life is a great way to build a strong defense system to fight off infections.