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As the COVID-19 virus becomes an unprecedented global epidemic, more people are looking at different ways to improve their immunity. One of the best methods to build up immunity naturally without the introduction of tablets or dietary supplement is practising yoga.
The practice of yoga helps to boost immunity in 2 ways:
- To stimulate the lymphatic system
- To reduce stress, a key contributor to weakened immune systems
Yoga for Lymphatic Drainage
The human body’s lymphatic system is a network of vessels and lymph nodes that remove waste and toxins out of the body. Lymph fluid is responsible for collecting such waste from our cells and moving it through the nodes before draining it from the body.
As people stay home for longer periods of time due to the COVID-19 outbreak, increased inactivity results in restricted lymph flow. A slower lymphatic system can lead to more toxins accumulating in the body and increased susceptibility to inflammation and disease.
Yoga is a great way to re-stimulate lymph flow; It is a holistic practice that combines movement with breath to increase circulation in the body, allowing the lymphatic system to better drain out toxins from the body.
Gentle Yoga for Stress Relief
If you are prone to stress or have been feeling anxious, then opt for slow and gentle yoga as opposed to the highly popular fast-flowing styles of yoga. Slow, gentle yoga is great at helping to relax the mind and body, reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) and improving overall wellness.
A daily practice that combines breath with movement will also help strengthen the respiratory & circulatory systems stimulating the lymphatic system to move toxins out of the body and bring more oxygenated blood to the various organs ensuring their healthful function. Yoga also generates balanced energy which is the key energy required for the immune system.
Therefore in this yoga class, we will be practising a gentle sequence that combines breath with slow movements to help to gently stimulate the lymphatic system, remove toxins, oxygenate the blood and create energy balance.
We will also introduce light inverted poses that bring the head below the heart. These are particularly useful in allowing gravity to boost lymph flow and drainage.
If you are at home right now, why not start taking control of your health and do a little yoga – just click on the video above and you are good to go.
I hope to see you on the mat. Take care and stay healthy!
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