During the period of exacerbation of viruses and colds, advice on how to strengthen immunity is particularly relevant. If you are pretty tired of the standard recommendations, we offer an unusual option: yoga.

No one likes to be sick. Weakness, high temperature mean that at least a week you will be pulled out of everyday life. Often this is the time of unrealized plans, non-embodied projects and unclaimed ideas. Of course, sometimes taking a couple of days of timeout is vital. But it is always better to relax working out on yoga mats than lying all the time in your bed.

The key to good health is our immune system. With the help of it, the body maintains genetic integrity. There is an army of cells and tissues, through which foreign genetic material is tracked. As soon as unknown elements are found, the body throws huge resources on getting rid of uninvited guests. It seems to us that we just sit and drink tea, comfortably wrapped in a blanket, but in fact, there is a relentless confrontation inside of our body.

We can support our immune system, for example, with the help of food. Food rich in protein, vitamins A, C, D, E, iron, zinc and selenium positively affects immunity. Do you remember where you can find the listed substances? Peanuts, walnuts, olive, linseed, beans, wheat, lentils, spinach, broccoli, peas, seafood, eggs, white meat ...

Probiotics are also important for immunity. They stimulate innate immunity for a quicker response to infection. So it will be superfluous to include them in your diet. Probiotics can be found in the form of biological additives or fermented milk products.

Good sleep, reduced stress and physical activity can also boost the immunity system. For example, you can do yoga, because it successfully combines several components.

Doing exercises on yoga mats supports immunity, primarily due to the fact that it helps to cope well with stress, and this is confirmed by numerous scientific articles. In an experiment in 2014, conducted in the United States, were involved, 2219 people. The results showed that practising meditation on yoga mats for 7-16 weeks allowed to speed up the immune response to getting the virus into the body. Presumably, this was due to an increase in the number of lymphocytes, the cells of the immune system, in blood. The whole value and effectiveness of yoga lie in the fact that together with all asanas, respiratory and relaxation techniques, it positively influences the system of regulation of the whole organism. Of course, you can use different workout equipment to reach the effect of relaxation, but yoga proved to be the most effective one.

Yoga methods improve health and strengthen immunity through general, systemic interactions. Pranayama (breathing exercises of yoga) is a powerful tool. With its help, you can change the tone of the nervous system, blood circulation, tone of skeletal muscles by exercising on yoga mats. Since reducing stress helps to maintain immunity, it is logical that breathing techniques that affect the nervous system will be an excellent help to the immune system.

These techniques include ujaya, full yogic breathing and nadi-shodhana (alternating breathing with nostrils).

Nadi shodhana pranayama perfectly calms and harmonizes the nervous system. This technique uses alternating breathing through both nostrils. You can try the breathing technique of nadi shodhana right now! Take a comfortable sitting position on yoga mats, fold the right hand into the vishnu mudra, with your thumb, close the right nostril and inhale through the left. With a little finger we cover the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Then inhale through the right and again change the nostrils. Thus, the change of nostrils occurs after inhalation. At the initial stages, take 2-5 minutes and see how you feel. Most likely, you will feel rested and calm.

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