How Can Yoga Lift Your Immune System?

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. Yoga is not just turning, twisting, stretching and breathing exercise it is more than that. It’s a way of life; it transforms your body and heals your mind. Yoga is the ancient art that stimulates the body and relaxes the mind. It is also the best way to stave off regular illness and ailments.

At any given time of the day or year, our bodies are vulnerable to infection by the multitude of viruses and bacteria. They are what lead to runny noses, hacking coughs, stomach infections and severe cases of the flu. Proper hygiene and healthy eating habits can help to an extent, but yoga can truly help the body fight infection.

We will tell you why:

  1. It Helps To Keep the Respiratory System on Track

Colds, coughs and similar infections are caused by bacteria that badly damage the upper respiratory system. If your immune system is not strong enough to throw them off, the bacteria can penetrate into the lungs and lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. Yoga is indeed the main tools for maintaining the health of our respiratory system. What’s more? Regularly performing the breathing exercise and “asanas” conditions the respiratory tract and boosts the effectiveness of the lungs.

  1. It Reduces the Stress Levels Naturally

A person who’s under stress is more likely to catch a cold or a fever when viruses invade the nasal passage. Also, the stress and anxiety seems to worsen or lift the risk of infirmities such as depression, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and asthma. To put it otherwise, yoga helps lower stress hormones and calms the nervous system, which is associated with the immune system.

  1. It keeps Muscles and Joints in A Great Working Order

Whatever is your age, the joint and muscular pain doesn’t seem to distinguish nowadays. A weak bone structure, lack of physical activity and deficiency of essential nutrients in the diet can aggravate the situation. Moreover, yoga helps to lubricate the joints with synovial fluid and stabilizes the muscles through strengthening exercises which in turn help eliminate the pain.

  1. It Ensures the Optimal Functioning Of All Organs

Office jobs that require sitting for longer hours and sedentary lifestyle mean that our organs don’t get enough or adequate amount of blood flow which in turn lead to blockages and build-up of toxins. Over time, this leads to breakdowns in the body system. If you continue yoga on a regular basis, it can stimulate the lymphatic system, to remove the toxins from the body. In fact, there are various kinds of “asanas” that ensure organs and glands receive fresh blood and are gently stimulated and massaged. The rise in the supply of oxygenated blood to organs ensures their optimal function.

Hence proved, yoga can help boost your immune system. So, try yoga and give this world some good energy. Attempt yoga to stimulate and improve the functioning of your nervous system, digestive system, circulatory and endocrine systems.

 

 

 

 

Weight Loss From Yoga: What made yoga a viable weight loss option?

Weight Loss Yoga

 

The moment a certain fitness regimen is highlighted as the weight loss routine some celebrity is using prior to his or her next high profile project, almost everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Yoga is not exempted from the after-effects of such exposure on mainstream media. But are the newbies ready to take on the challenges that come with such routine? [Royalty-free featured image sourced from Morguefile.]

Why go with yoga?

The mindfulness associated with practicing yoga even for beginners make them aware of what’s happening within their body. Breathing exercises that hope to relax the body helps in anticipating the more challenging poses. Prolonged and slower breathing exercises end up helping the person cope with the yoga poses that keep on getting more challenging as said person levels up in the course.

The same mindfulness becomes a helpful attribute in helping these yoga neophyte count their breathing exercises every 2 or 3 seconds as opposed to every second. The latter even contributes to the cleared mindset and relieved breathing procedure. Once the breathing has pacified the body, the rest of the limbs are ready to coordinate their movements with the belly.

The spiritual connection

One aspect that made yoga for weight loss attractive for individuals who have never tried yoga before is the spiritual connection. It is not just about the sitting poses that reminded you of Buddha or some other spiritual guru from South Asia. It is that connection to your inner psyche that makes you aware of how bloated your belly feels, contributing to that drowsy feeling and uneasy air of sleepiness plus burping episodes.

That spiritual connection also reverberates on your over-all consciousness. Like how conscious can you get in the middle of a moment. Or that one time in the conference room where you are feeling light-headed. If there is one weight loss regiment that helps dieters become aware of their own body and their surroundings, it is yoga. The moment you become familiarized with the instructor’s line “Find your center”, the closest thing you could follow that instruction to the letter is by sitting upright in lotus position.

But in some weight loss-themed yoga sessions, that center is your belly because it is that part of the body that you wanted to do something about. This is why some of these routines start with relaxing on top of the yoga mat, arms and legs spread calmly that extends out of the edges of the yoga mat to put the belly in the middle of the yoga mat.

Counting the breaths.

The average calm way to breathe in yoga is 3 seconds to inhale and 3 seconds to exhale. Beyond 3 seconds is already a little gratuitous but worth testing just to see your breathing capacity or checking if exhaling does not come with coughing while exhaling. Exhaling without coughing out is a good sign that you are ready for the rest of the yoga poses.

There are yoga routines that target the belly, the arms and the legs apart from the breathing exercises. Don’t rush on getting all parts worked out on your first month of yoga sessions. Everybody has got to start somewhere. So choosing routines that target the belly first and the flabby arms next while prepping your lungs for fixing the breathing routines is highly recommended for conditioning your body for the more advanced sessions to come.