The ancient practice yoga has several health benefits including improved flexibility, stamina and heart health. Practiced by old and young alike, it is one of the most popular forms of exercise. You do not need expensive instruments or equipment to do yoga and it can be in the comfort of your room. It is not just an exercise but a spiritual, physical and mental discipline or practice. It can help you boost your immunity to keep infections and diseases at bay. Here is a list of yoga asanas to boost your immunity.
1. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Also known as the triangle pose, trikonasana is among the best yoga asanas to improve your immune system. It will also strengthen arms, legs, ankles and chest. It improves the blood circulation in your body, aids digestion, burns fat and keeps your mind calm. Make sure your eyes are open during this pose and it is recommended to do this asana in the morning.
How to do it: Begin by standing straight with your feet wider than your hips and hands at your side. Now, turn your right foot pointing to the right and left foot, straight ahead. Next, bend your body from your waist to the right to touch your right foot. Lift your left hand up. Hold this position for couple of seconds and return to the original position. Do the same on the other side. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
2. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Bhujangasana or the cobra pose improves metabolism and digestive system. You can do this asana in the morning or evening but your last meal should be at least 5 hours ago. It also improves your immunity, kidney function and elevates mood.
How to do it: Start by lying down on the floor on your stomach with your feet together. Keep your palms under your shoulders. Press down your palm and lift your upper body to resemble the raised hood of a snake. Tilt your head back and roll back your shoulder. Hold this position for about 30 seconds and return to the original position.
3. Vrikshasana (Tree pose)
Vrikshasana or the tree pose is another excellent yoga asana for improved immunity. While you do this pose keep your eyes open and maintain the balance. Do it early morning on an empty stomach and fresh mind.
How to do it: Start by standing straight with your hand at the side and your feet together. Now, shift your body weight to your left leg and lift your right leg. Keep the right foot on the inner thigh of your left leg. Now, join your palms in front of your chest and then raise it above your head. Make sure your head, neck and back are in a line. Hold this position for a minute and then do the same on the other side.
4. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Tadasana or the mountain pose is also called the mother of all yoga poses. Do it on an empty stomach. It improves your digestion and restores balance, increases awareness, improves blood circulation and calms your mind.
How to do it: Begin by standing straight with your feet together and your hands at your sides. Raise your hands up towards the sky and stretch your body. Now, lift your heels and stand on your toes. Hold this position for about 30 to 60 seconds.
5. Matsyasana (Fish pose)
Fish pose or the matsyasana strengthens your immunity and digestive system. It will also help you to sleep better and relieves neck and shoulder pain. It also tones your parathyroid gland and gives a massage to your digestive organs.
How to do it: Sit in padmasana position. Now, hold your toes and lean back arching your spine until your head touches the floor. Your back should not touch the floor. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then return to the original position.