Strengthen Your Immune System

by Restorative Yoga Poses on July 23, 2011

How To Strengthen Your Immune System

Restorative yoga poses are extremely effective at reducing stress and creating a healthy immune system. This is because these asanas (poses) are nurturing to the body and induce the “relaxation response” while reducing the “stress response”. Together, these two effects protect and help to strengthen the immune system.

While yoga is relaxing in nature, restorative yoga poses are considered to be especially calming and rejuvenating. Also, these poses are advantageous for someone experiencing sickness or weakness to maintain a practice while not feeling well and to help build immunity to effectively reduce the length of sickness, decreased energy, and fatigue.

Poses to Strengthen Your Immune System
Viparita Karani, Legs Up The Wall
Setu Bandhasana, Supported Bridge Pose
Adho Mukha Virasana (Downward Facing Supported Hero)
Salamba Savasana, Supported Corpse Pose

The restorative poses use props to create an ideal positioning of the body in which it is fully supported allowing for the muscles to remain quiet and relaxed. It is important that the alignment be done correctly in order to maximize the benefits. If there is difficulty getting into the pose, ask an instructor to guide you into the pose first before you adapt it to a home practice.

Once a restorative yoga pose has been attained, remain in the pose for 3-5 minutes depending on your needs and the specific pose. A deep calmness and accompanying sense of peace should develop over the few minutes the pose is held. If this is not the case, adjust the positioning to find the most comfortable, well-supported alignment.
While supported in the pose, breath is gentle and deep. Breathing in the deep abdominal breath technique will serve to amplify the relaxation. To further reduce tension in the body actively release any muscles that are being held especially in the face, abdomen, or pelvis. Also, it is important to be properly dressed to avoid being chilled while in the restorative pose.

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