Yoga to the rescue

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The writer is CEO, Nimba Nature Cure

Yoga is a formidable natural immunity booster for long life. Jayant Bokadia shares poses that one can opt for

It’s time we must be on guard to prevent ourselves from falling sick. The winter season is known to bring along cold, cough and fever and aggravate respiratory and cardiac issues. People with low immunity are at a higher risk of falling ill. If you face high stress, frequent occurrence of infections, tiredness, stomach disorders, it implies that you need to work on your immunity levels. The rapid transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic also underscores the need to strengthen our immune system. The advent of globalisation, changing lifestyle and food habits warrants the need for a sound immune systemto keep pathogens at bay.

Yoga is a formidable natural immunity booster for long life. Its key advantage is its simplicity of asanas, diversity of asanas to suit all age -groups and a time-tested natural way of boosting immunity. It is a holistic and simple regime, and if followed correctly, can yield good results. Here are a few asanas that you must perform if you are looking to boost immunity.

Pranayam: The word ‘prana’ refers to the universal energy that sustains our life. This technique refers to the art of controlling breath and regulating it in sync with various asanas. This body of knowledge believes that a high prana level indicates a continuous flow of energy and a calm mind. However, lack of knowledge and inadequate attention to breath can block nadis and chakras, leading to tension, worries, fear and conflict. Bhramari pranayama refers to bee breathing to give a break to your hectic schedule and an occupied mind. It is immensely beneficial for hypertension patients.

Vrikshasan: This asana denotes the steady yet graceful pose of a tree. Unlike other asanas, this asana is performed with eyes open to balance the body. Vrikshasan is best performed on an empty stomach with at least four to six intervals between meals and the asana. One must avoid putting the sole of the lifted foot beside the knee as it builds pressure on the latter. This asana helps in achieving concentration and mindfulness.

Surya Namaskar: This asana denotes the salutation to the Sun and involves 12 poses. It involves stretching of almost all parts of the body and serves as an excellent cardiovascular workout. It stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular system, strengthens the immune system and enhances cognitive abilities.

Vajrasan: This asana is also known as the thunderbolt, involves sitting straight on the kneeswith feet flat on the ground with soles pointing upwards. It focuses on breathing and holding the posture for at least 30 seconds. It is the only asana that is performed on a full stomach after having a meal. It relieves constipation and serves as an exercise for the liver, stomach and uterus. The resting of feet over hips stretches and flexes quadriceps.

Anjaneyasan: This asana involves bending a knee on the floor right above the hips. The arms are extended upwards with palms facing each other. The lower back is extended, and hips are aligned in such a way that it stretches the frontal region of the leg and hip flexors. Those with hypertension or knee injury should avoid this asana.