Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the fascia, the deep connective tissue that surrounds our organs, muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because fascia is made up of nerves, it must be “rung out” by movement and stretching. Consider our organs and tissues to be sponges that soak up whatever we ingest. Stretching and moving our bodies allows stagnant energy within our cells to be released, allowing harmful pollutants to be eliminated.
Furthermore, oxygen is required for our blood to be healthy and to grow cells. Intentional breathing offers our blood the oxygen it needs to circulate. Yoga asanas and pranayama breathing exercises boost the efficiency with which our systems circulate, resulting in better health and immunity. Yoga is defined as “movement that is in tune with the breath.” Yoga can help our bodies fight sickness by strengthening our immune systems.
Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)
This pose is great for relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. Because this is a restorative yin position, it is best done first thing in the morning to re-energize and calm the mind. Massages the lower belly and helps to relieve stomach aches.
Raise your shoulders and lie flat on your stomach. Hands in front of your chest, elbows bent, glutes relaxed, and neck lifted To enter this restorative pose, inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.
Revolved Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)
Twisted yoga postures are good for general physical conditioning. The revolving chair position is fantastic for flushing out the kidneys and digestive organs. This stance is ideal for deep breathing and concentration.
Allow the breath to help you stabilize your posture and ground your legs. In order to deepen the twist and release with the breath, bring the arms into prayer.
Standing Backbend (Anuvittasana)
Backbends cleanse the adrenal glands, which can become irritated as a result of stress. Standing backbends are a modified Camel pose that helps to open the chest. By standing back bending during the cold season, you can keep your nasal passages open.
While in mountain stance, use your core to pull your upper body erect and back. Hands-on the lower back, glutes raised. Inhale and shift your weight backwards. As backbends might create dizziness, take a few deep breaths before carefully rising to your feet.
Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
This balancing position improves blood flow throughout the body by compressing pressure points, hence improving immunity. Squeezing the legs and arms promotes circulation and aids in toxin clearance.
In this upright, balanced stance, breathing is crucial. As a result, tension and stagnated energy are released from the body and psyche.
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
This pose not only strengthens the legs and core but also opens the hips and improves shoulder pain. Because of the therapeutic nature of this position, there is a total body release component. Triangle pose also stretches the fascia that covers the lungs, which aids with breathing. This opening stance is great for people with limited hips. Triangle Pose promotes deep hip opening and energy release.
As you move your leading hand to the front of your mat, exhale. Open your ribs gently and strive to equalize the length of your torso.
Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)
Laying on your back with your hips stretched out wide is a very therapeutic and non-aggressive method to nourish your body. Because we store emotional stress in our hips, this is a good position for calming the mind and releasing toxins. It is also beneficial to the kidneys and digestion.
It is vital to breathe in order to receive the full advantages of this pose. Relaxing the hips and extending the legs allows for external rotation. The rocking motion from side to side adds to the depth and benefits of the posture.
Boost Your Immune System Today!
Who knew that incorporating yoga into our everyday routines can help our bodies battle illness? More than ever, now is the time to become acquainted with your body and search for appropriate solutions. Allow yourself time to move, breathe in harmony with your emotions, and find your best positions. Keep track of how you feel before and after your chosen asanas, as well as how your body responds over time.
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