6 Effective Immunity Booster Yoga Poses Perfect For the Monsoons!
- Kapalbhati is a breath exercise that helps clear the respiratory system
- Consistent practice of Anulom Vilom enhances breathing capacity of lungs
- Sitting in Vajrasana after meals helps in easing the digestion process
Monsoons are enjoyed by one and all alike. But it is also the time where physical activity is almost nil. The incessant rains keep us from going out for morning walks or even to a gym. However, leading an active lifestyle, especially during monsoons, is essential to avoid falling prey to flu and cold. This is when your immunity needs a boost. You can achieve this by practicing yoga. Immunity booster yoga asanas can help you stay fit and fight infections by enhancing your resistance.
Practicing yoga to improve immunity is also cost-effective. All you need is a yoga mat and perhaps a foam block and a strap. While you may already be familiar with the benefits of yoga, please take a look at a few standout advantages it brings.
- Lowers the stress hormone levels
- Strengthens the nervous system
- It heals the digestive system and keeps the gut healthy
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, responsible for flushing out toxins
Here are some effective immunity booster yoga poses and breathing exercises (Pranayama) that you can practice during the rainy season.
Perform Kapalbhati to Cleanse Your Sinuses
Kapalbhati is a breathing exercise that helps clear the respiratory system. Doing this powerful Pranayama is essential during monsoons as it increases your lungs’ breathing capacity. Apart from these benefits, Kapalbhati also improves your blood circulation, helps to lose weight, and increases your body's metabolic rate. To perform it, sit cross-legged on the ground. Start a
deep and rapid inhalation and exhalation through your nose. Ensure you sit erect with your palms placed on the knees while doing this breathing exercise. 
Do Anulom Vilom Pranayama to Increase Your Immunity
Anulom Vilom helps open up a blocked nose, which is quite common during monsoons. As per experts, this breathing technique increases the resistance of your sinuses and enhances the breathing capacity of the lungs. This is important as air-borne infections are quite common during monsoons. To do this exercise, close your right nostril with your finger and breathe using the left one. Then, do the opposite and repeat the same process. 
Rejuvenate Your Cells with the Mountain Pose
Tadasana or mountain pose is one of the easiest yoga asanas for immunity boosting and improving body posture. It also aids in strengthening the thighs, ankles, and knees. Plus, energizing all your body cells. To execute this pose, stand straight by keeping your feet close together. As you inhale, slowly lift to your toes and try to balance your whole body on the balls of your feet. As you proceed, raise your hands and give your body a proper stretch by holding in the same position for few seconds. It helps if you focus on one point right in front of your eyes as you lift. Follow this by exhaling and lowering your hands and toes slowly. 
Clear Your Blocked Sinuses with Downward Facing Dog Pose
As the name suggests, Adho Mukha Svanasana's pose mimics a dog facing forward and down. It helps in rejuvenating and energizing your entire body. This yoga pose is also efficient in toning muscles and increasing blood circulation to the brain. While helping increase your body strength, this asana is perfect for relaxing and calming your restless mind. Additional Read: Yoga for Eyes
Enhance Your Digestion Process with Vajrasana
Known to enhance the digestion process, Vajrasana is effective in providing relief against nerve issues. This pose is ideal after your meals as it minimizes any indigestion issues. Also called diamond pose, it enhances the blood circulation to your stomach and pelvic regions, resulting in your bowel movement and digestion becoming better. You can strengthen your immune system by sitting in this yoga pose daily for 5 minutes. 
Do the Bridge Pose of Yoga to Increase Immunity
Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana or bridge pose increases your immunity by stimulating the thymus gland. It also improves the strength of your back muscles. While doing this pose, you feel a good stretch on your chest, spine, and neck. This also helps in reducing menstrual and menopausal pain in women. Apart from these benefits, this yoga asana effectively reduces osteoporosis, high blood pressure, sinusitis, and asthma. 
Yoga and immunity go hand in hand and help you attain agility as well as a healthy body and mind. Start by practicing these simple yoga asanas to build your immunity. For expert advice, you can rely on Bajaj Finserv Health. Book appointments with naturopaths, Ayurvedic doctors, and other specialists within minutes to support your health goals this monsoon.
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