A robust immune system helps not only fight off viruses and bugs but is essential to respond to stress and health challenges when they come. When we are resilient and responsive to change we feel happier, more engaged and productive at work and generally make healthier life choices.
Viruses and bacteria lay dormant within the body and get triggered when the body's internal environment is affected, causing them to rally into action and make their attack. Recent studies show that too much stress can lower our ability to fight viruses and disease which is why it’s important to strengthen the whole immune system. In short the immune system is the body’s defence and surveillance system, it is our first line of counter-attack.
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As important as is to be mobile and flexible especially in this modern sedentary age, there is a common misconception regarding yoga. Yoga does much more than increase suppleness and mobility. It tones the internal organs, brings vital life energy as well as oxygen into the organs and every physiological system, improves physical and psychological well-being, projects positive thoughts and feelings and develops a relaxation response that goes deep inside, restoring health and balance to the body and mind. A deep conscious breath is worth 6 shallow breaths and all that O2 builds stamina, strength and resilience. A regular yoga practice restores harmony within, lifts flagging spirits, projects a ‘joie de vivre’ and deepens our sense of connection with the world around us. Yoga also enhances our self esteem and self confidence. A strong immune system not only strengthens our physical body but develops mental, emotional and spiritual prowess. In turn we create an inner landscape that affects our external world thereby improving the quality our lives.
The following is a simple yoga sequence to help strengthen your amazing body and build your immune system. Over time and practice your health and well-being will increase and you’ll gain many of the benefits mentioned below. Try doing this routine 3-4 times a week or daily if possible. The whole sequence takes as little as 10 minutes depending on how much time you have available.
Please note: As with all exercise plans, consult your medical practitioner first if you have any pre-existing conditions or current health concerns.
If during any of the following poses you feel uncomfortable, shaky or experience undue strain, come slowly out of the pose and rest. Remember to listen to your body and modify where necessary to make the poses work for you. Please read the guidance carefully first before practising.
Complete Abdominal Breathing
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Cat & Cow
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Plank Pose (Phalakasana)
Seated forward bend (Paschimottana)
Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
Legs up the wall
Corpse pose (Savasana)