Try these calming yoga poses for immune health & reduced stress during the busy holiday season…
Stress and worry are all around us in the modern world, and while we’ve all heard these things aren’t good for us, that doesn’t make it any easier to avoid them. But finding ways to calm our minds isn’t just good for our mental health – it’s also important for staying physically healthy as well. Being under a constant state of stress poses a challenge for our immune systems, and research shows that a body under constant stress is more prone to illness and disease.
Yoga’s stress-fighting properties make it uniquely well suited to helping us maintain good immune health. In fact, evidence shows that yoga and mindful meditation can actually help boost the immune system. And YogaJournal.com says that “Yoga helps lower stress hormones that compromise the immune system, while also conditioning the lungs and respiratory tract, stimulating the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and bringing oxygenated blood to the various organs to ensure their optimal function.”
Just about any yoga class can provide these benefits, but if you’re looking for a way to relax and calm down in just a few minutes, here are a few yoga poses that can help induce calm and promote immune health. You can practice these individually for one to five minutes each, or do them in sequence to help refresh and restore your nervous system and bring you back to a space of peace and calm:
1.) Crocodile Pose
This pose is practiced by coming down onto the ground and resting in a prone position. The closeness to the earth makes this posture grounding and calming. The gentle pressure of the abdomen against the earth can be relaxing. The soft pressure on the forehead stimulates the pineal gland, or energetically, the third eye, and helps induce a calming response. Think savasana, but upside down.
2.) Child’s Pose
This pose is practiced by kneeling on the ground and nestling your hips back toward your heels while bowing forward. The closeness to the earth makes this pose grounding. The gentle pressure of your abdomen against your thighs and the folding forward action can be reflective and restorative. The soft pressure on the forehead stimulates the pineal gland, or energetically, the third eye, and helps induce a calming response.
3.) Supine Twist Pose
This pose is practiced by reclining onto your back and turning both legs in one direction. The supine nature of this pose allows for grounding and a sense of stability. The gentle pressure of the twisting action helps nourish the vital organs in the abdomen with fresh oxygen-rich blood. The twisting action also helps relax the hard-working back muscles that help support the spine. There is also the intention to “twist the issues out of your tissues” that can help you feel a release of anything that may feel “stuck” physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually.
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