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Pyrmont Yoga: Boost Your Immune System for Winter

yoga classes in pyrmont Pyrmont Yoga: Boost Your Immune System for WinterYoga means union ~ Union of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.

During a yoga session in Pyrmont, the various systems of the body receive a boost and we are given the opportunity to connect with our inner selves so as to access our full potential.  Our aim is to relax and not to worry … this can sometimes seem hard to do these days.

Yoga is known for its amazing power to bring more balance in our lives, to increase our physical health and strength, to release stress, to energise, to help us relax and accept ourselves, to tap into our intuition etc etc … the list is long !

As winter approaches, we can use our yoga practice to improve our immune system in order to resist colds and flu. Regular yoga practice helps to improve circulation and oxygen flow which is vital to the immune system.  Yoga postures, Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) and Meditation help to reduce stress, to massage and stimulate the internal organs, to balance the nervous system and to boost the immune system.

Practising Yoga postures in a relaxing way with deep breathing and with the intention to let go and relax the nervous system can be very beneficial to the immune system. A stronger immune system is then better able to resist viruses and bacteria that increase during the cold weather.  With a relaxed nervous system and a revitalised immune system you will be better equipped to survive winter in perfect health.

You can build the immune system by opening the chest and breathing deeply.  Poses that can help are The Cobra, Pigeon, Fish, Boat, Bow and Bridge.  Kapalbhati breathing or slow deep Ujjayi breathing in postures where the chest is open can also be beneficial.

The Downward Dog posture can help to clear sinuses and congestion.  Shoulder Stands and Inversions increase the flow of immune cells in the body and all Backbends flush out the lungs. The Corpse pose and the Child’s pose relax the nervous system and help heal the body.

The Lion pose is a specific posture that activates the immune glands of the tonsils and the lymph nodes in the neck.  Performing the Lion pose at the onset of a sore throat can dramatically stop and prevent it.

If you do come down with a cold or flu, it is important to rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat simple wholesome food and practice some gentle yoga poses. A great way to heal is conscious breathing concentrating on the areas of pain (e.g. throat, head, muscles).

Stay healthy and remember ~ Breathe deeply!

Article by Veroniki, Yoga Teacher in Pyrmont. To view the latest Pyrmont yoga class timetable starting on 20 May 2009, click here.


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