Tuesday, 25 November 2014

How yoga helps boost immunity



At this time of year with so many colds about and Christmas approaching our thoughts turn to how we can avoid these winter 'nasties'. Here are some of the ways yoga can help boost your immunity so you are ready to any bacteria or viruses that might come your way:-


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  • Yoga enhances the flow of lymph which deals with invaders to the body, that is bacteria and viruses (see my article 'How yoga can help boost the circulation of blood and lymph' http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/how-yoga-can-help-boost-circulation-of.html
  • Yoga promotes restful sleep.  When sleep is inadequate the immune system is impaired. Yoga chest openers stimulate the thymus gland which plays an important part in the immune system in that develops the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.
  • Yoga twists 'wring out' toxins which impair the immune system
  • Yoga chest openers and inversions relieve stress.  Chest openers encourage greater intake of oxygen which has a calming effect on the brain.  Inversions encourage the flow of blood to the brain which alsp has a calming effect.
  • Yoga energizes the chakras.  Each chakra is associated with an endocrine gland and when healthy, the endocrine system works with the immune system to defend the body against invading bacteria and viruses.  For instance the endocrine system is associated with digestion through the pancreas (associated with the sacral chakra) and a healthy digestion enables the immune system to achieve optimal function.  Also the parathyroid associated with the throat chakra and is involved in vitamin D regulation. Recent research suggests vitamin D is involved in immune function to the extent that vitamin D may help prevent some cancers. The adrenals are associated with the sacral chakra and release cortisol into the blood.  When this is overproduced it causes the stress response which leads to lowered immunity.
  • Meditation reduces stress which impairs the immune system.


See my YouTube videos

Kundalini yoga to help boost immunity-Part 1-Anti-aging series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Mu_lVoSUQ

Kundalini yoga to help boost immunity-Part 2-Anti-aging series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KCEXbmh540

Boosting the immunity by purifying the body Part 1, Anti-aging series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDhJKTdnbW8

Boosting the immunity by purifying the body Part 2, Anti-aging series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyt-1PHyRAI

Yoga to help prevent colds and flu- Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG3W0jppFJA

Yoga to help prevent colds and flu- Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfSNucswy6I

Winter Wellness- Improving immunity by circulating lymph
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPEbjdWpwGg

Anti aging series-Boosting the immune system-Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sS9bNaxoXc

Anti aging series-Boosting the immune system-Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzAAREUxjo

See also 'Tis the season to be healthy' on 40plusandalliswell-http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/tis-season-to-be-healthy.html

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