Improving our Immunity; the yogic method
As we slowly make our way out of this state of prolonged hibernation, many people are likely feeling a multitude of emotions. Some will feel a sense of freshness and anew, some will experience great fear and anxiety and some will experience optimism. Regardless of what we are personally experiencing, it is imperative that we acknowledge everyone is entitled to feel what they feel. We must honour all. We must also do what we can to maintain/improve our health and that of our families as this will result in better health for our friends and our communities as a whole. We are all connected.
Now more than ever before we must make our mental and physical well being a priority. We all need to formalize and practice a daily routine that will increase our immunity and overall state of health and well being.
So where can we begin???
There are many things we can do. Here are a few suggestions to start us off;
1. Develop a daily/weekly kriya (Shatkarma yogic cleansing) practice.
Through the practice of certain cleansing techniques, you can restore the body to its natural health and well being by eliminating all the accumulated toxins. These cleansing techniques are practiced for ultimate purification of the entire body and mind.
2. Develop an individualized daily asana practice.
There are many benefits of practicing asana some of which include improving flexibility, balance, muscles strength and tone, joint health, digestion, breathing, and sleep patterns. Consistent practice has been shown to enhance mood, memory, and help reduce excess weight. It can also help manage many chronic health issues, drains lymphs and improves immunity. Asana helps increases blood flow to organs and thus improves functionality, helps regulate blood pressure, adrenal glands, and can reduce blood sugar levels....enough said.
3. Develop a personalized pranayama practice.
For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have regarded the breath as a powerful force for healing, well-being, and for attaining states of higher awareness. Many equate the practice of yoga with yoga poses performed on a mat, but that is just the beginning....
A consistent pranayama practice offers tremendous benefits some of which include, ability to improve hypertension, respiratory and digestive system functioning, improved immunity, development of healthy eating habits and weight loss, reduced chronic stress and improvement of the parasympathetic nervous system function. Powerful to say the least.
4. Become familiar with the basic concepts of Ayurveda and try to incorporate some principles into your daily life. This can be as simple as eating, resting, and working according to your dosha and the current season.
5. Develop a meditation practice.
Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.
There are many benefits of developing a daily meditation practice some of which include, reducing stress and anxiety, promoting positive emotional health, improving sleep and memory and enhancing self awareness and kindness towards others.
If you include the above into your daily routine, you will very quickly find yourself happier, healthier, more peaceful, and no doubt, will have boosted your immunity at the same time.
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