3 Yoga Poses to Boost Immunity
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so does yoga. There are specific asanas that boost immunity, and I highly recommend restorative poses. They soothe the nervous system, quiet the mind, and restore the body to a state of balance and homeostasis. Below are three tried and true immunity-boosting poses that I encourage you to try, to keep you healthy and happy this winter!
Before you begin… Hold each of these for a minimum of two minutes, but feel free to stay up to 10 minutes if possible. Breathe smoothly and rhythmically through your nose, tethering the mind to the breath. Allow the skin of the body, the muscles, the bones, to soften and release. As you hold these postures, scan the body with your awareness and start to notice where you are gripping or holding and where you can let go.
Sit on a chair with a straight back with your feet about hip’s width apart and planted firmly on the floor. Allow your legs to be wide enough apart to accommodate your body. Drape your torso down between your legs, letting your head release completely and your hands rest on the floor.
Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose)
Lie on your back with your buttocks right up against a wall and extend your legs straight up the wall (if your hamstrings are very tight, you may need to have your hips slightly further away from the wall). Allow your arms to rest loosely by your sides, the palms of the hands facing up. Let gravity do its thing here!
Supta Baddha Konasana (Goddess Pose)
Lie down on your back with the soles of your feet together and your knees dropped open. Have your feet as close to your pelvis as possible. If the inner thighs or hips feel at all strained, support the outer knees with 2 yoga blocks or pillows of equal size. Rest your hands on you belly, close your eyes, and feel the rise and fall of your natural breath coming in and going out.