Yoga for Cold & Flu Season

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Everyone is getting sick.

It’s on the news– this year’s flu season has been declared an epidemic, and people are dropping like flies. And if you don’t have the flu, you may have that highly attractive snotty, coughing, stuffy nose cold. Asana in general will reduce stress and fatigue, both precursors to lowered immunity. It triggers acupressure points, (like the spoonk mat) said to help aid viruses and bacteria from your body. Our thymus governs our immune system, that’s Anahata, our fourth chakra. Let’s use our yoga to combat this, shall we?

  • Pranayama. We can use Kalabhati breathing, the breath of fire, to improve circulation and oxygen flow as well as increase lung mobility. Nadi Shodhana, alternate nostril breathing, helps in clearing out mucus from the lungs and sinuses, and eases the respiratory system.
  • Twists. Twists stimulate all internal organs to get working on healing your body and  soothing your nervous system. They also detoxify and oxygenate your system.Try half lord of the fishes pose and a supine twist. They’re gentle and wring out your entire upper body.
  • Open the fourth chakra, the thymus gland. Cobra pose, supported fish pose, bow (back bends, heart chakra openers, do you see where I’m going with this?) Stimulating the thymus gland strengthens our ability to heal ourselves.
  • Inversions. increase the passive circulation of the lymphatic system, which is responsible for the production and circulation of the immune cells to defend the body from the viruses and bacteria.

Above all- get some rest! Give your body a break and drink your fluids! If you’ve already been hit with this nastiness, try a couple of the tactics above and use these nutrition tips below. Stay healthy yogis!

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