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The chill of winter gives way to the coolness of spring. The summer heat gives way to the monsoons. It’s beautiful when seasons change. But for some, this change comes with vulnerability to cough and cold.

Immunity boosting yoga postures

Seasonal diseases can be kept at bay with strong immunity. Yoga postures help strengthen your immune system by stimulating the thymus gland. This gland which is located in the chest region is activated by the chest expansion that happens during the following asanas:

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Benefits of Setu Bandhasana.

  • Stretches the chest, neck, and spine.
  • Opens up the lungs.
  • Helps alleviate asthma, high blood pressure, and sinusitis.

Hastapadasana (Standing forward bend pose)

  • Improves the flow of blood to the head.
  • Clears the sinuses.
  • Invigorates the nervous system and relieves tension in the body.
    Read more about Hastapadasana.

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

How to do Matsyasana.

  • Stretches the chest and neck.
  • Provides relief from respiratory disorders.
  • Tones the parathyroid, pituitary, and pineal glands.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

benefits of Dhanurasana.

  • Opens up the chest, neck, and shoulders.
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort and constipation.
  • Helps people with renal (kidney) disorders.

Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)

  • Improves the flow of blood to the head.
  • Calms the mind.
  • Helps in overcoming headaches and backache.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Read how to do Bhujangasana.

  • Expands the chest.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Reduces fatigue and stress.

Preventive pranayama for cold, cough, and sinus

In addition to yoga postures, pranayama or breathing techniques also help in boosting immunity. Moreover, some of these breathing techniques clear the nasal passage, shielding you from infection.

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama

  • Helps open up a blocked nose.
  • Facilitates better flow of oxygen to the lungs.
  • Practice 7-8 rounds twice or thrice a day to overcome cold.

Kapal Bhati

Helps unclog the respiratory tract.
Improves blood circulation and uplifts the mind.2-3 rounds twice a day gives you renewed energy to help combat cold.

Learn more about Kapalbhati.

Bhastrika Pranayama

  • Involves forceful exhalation that aids in clearing the nasal passage.
    benefits of Bhastrika Pranayama.

Ujjayi Pranayama

  • Increases lung capacity.
  • Maximum toxins are released with each out exhalation.

Jal Neti

Jal Neti is a nasal cleansing technique which helps in relieving cough, cold, and the effects of sinusitis. This technique uses warm water to clean the accumulated mucus from the nasal passage. Once the passage is clean, it is less prone to infection.

Regular practice of yoga fortifies the immune system and enhances its ability to fight viruses better. The ancient holistic and natural medicine system of Ayurveda is also an effective measure to improve the body’s immunity level.