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

Immunity Boosting Yoga Poses

Seasonal illnesses can be kept at bay with strong immunity. Yoga poses help strengthen your immune system by stimulating the thymus gland. This gland located in the thoracic region is activated by the thoracic expansion that occurs during the following asanas:

Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose)

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

  • Stretches the chest, neck and spine.
  • Open the lungs.
  • Helps relieve asthma, high blood pressure and sinusitis.

Hastapadasana (standing forward pose)

Hastapadasana (Standing forward bend pose)

  • Improves blood circulation to the head.
  • Clear the sinuses.
  • Energizes the nervous system and relieves tension in the body.

Matsyasana (fish pose)

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

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

Dhanurasana (bow pose)

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

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

Viparita Karani (laying legs against the wall)

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

  • Improves blood circulation to the head.
  • Calm the mind.
  • Helps to overcome headaches and back pain.

Bhujangasana (cobra pose)

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

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

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Preventive pranayama for colds, coughs and sinuses

In addition to yoga postures, pranayama or breathing techniques also help build immunity. Plus, some of these breathing techniques clear the nasal passage, protecting you from infection.

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate nostril breathing technique)

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing technique)

  • Help to open up the stuffy nose.
  • Facilitates a better flow of oxygen to the lungs.
  • Practice 7-8 laps two or three times a day to overcome the cold.

Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Shining Skull Breathing Technique)

Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull Shining Breathing technique)

  • Helps to unclog the airways.
  • Improves blood circulation and uplifts the spirit.
  • 2-3 rounds twice a day give you renewed energy to help fight the cold.

Bhastrika Pranayama (Breath)

Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellow breath)

  • Involves a powerful exhalation that helps clear the nasal passage.

Ujjayi Pranayama (breath of victory)

Ujjayi Pranayama (Victory breath)

  • Increases lung capacity.
  • A maximum of toxins is released with each expiration.