Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yoga for Boosting the Immune System

Yoga increases the immune system
Yoga is a spiritual science that has a tremendous impact on our physical and mental states. Practicing yoga on a regular basis results in great benefits to our overall health. It especially strengthens the immune system and keeps one fit both internally and externally. So Yoga is a good to improve our immune system in order to be able to combat daily ailments such as colds and coughs, inactiveness, aches and pains in different parts of the body.

Yoga for preserving the vital force of our body
Our immune system is a defense system that guards the body from bacteria, viruses, and toxins. Without the immune system functioning properly, the body becomes subject to illness, infections and health problems. Generally the factors that weaken the system are - a toxin-heavy environment, consuming foods with toxins, bad diet habits, lack of exercise, leading extremely stressful lives, and wrong lifestyles. Here Yoga helps to improve the functioning of the immune system by expelling unnecessary toxins from the body. As Yoga is a form of exercise and it inculcates discipline, it provides the body the required amount of physical exercise and also helps in improving our diet and lifestyle habits. 
Finally, practicing yoga on a regular basis decreases the amounts of stress hormones released in the body. Moreover, some yogasans like the Kurmasan, if practiced regularly stimulates the thymus gland to produce antibodies, and chest and lung openers like Ushtrasan (Camel pose), Yoga Mudra and Bhujangasan (Camel pose) also increase lung mobility and flush out the lungs. The thymus gland is mainly responsible for producing the required antibodies that can fight with viral and bacterial infections. Yoga boosts the performance of the immune system by the following ways:
  • Improves blood circulation and oxygen supply into the body
  • Helps clearing out mucus from the lungs and sinuses
  • Increases lung efficiency
  • Stimulates and exercises all internal organs
  • Soothes the nervous system and brings calm and peacefulness to the practitioners.

1 comment:

  1. Swamiji's Yoga techniques are very powerful and effective. All the Yog asanas alongwith their benefits are explained by Swamiji very nicely too. In addition, these are so described in his Spiritual books