More than the 5,000 years-old treasure of knowledge and spiritual science from India, yoga is more than just twisting, turning, stretching and breathing exercises. It’s an art of living a life. This ancient art that not only strengthens the body but also relaxes the mind can also be the best way to ward off routine illnesses and ailments.
There comes several season change or particular month in the year when our bodies become more vulnerable to infection by the multitude of viruses and bacteria. They lead to running noses, hacking coughs, stomach infections and many types of flu. Proper hygiene and a healthy diet can help to an extent to combat these things but yoga can actually help the body fight against these infections. We are telling you why:
It reduces stress levels naturally
A person who suffers from stress/anxiety is more likely to catch a cold or a fever when viruses invade the nasal passage. Stress also seems to worsen or exacerbate the risk of conditions such as depression, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer and asthma. Yoga helps to lower the level of stress hormones and calms the nervous system, which is interlinked with the immune system.
It keeps the respiratory system working smoothly
Colds and similar infections are caused by bacteria and viruses which affect the upper respiratory system badly. If the immune system isn’t strong enough to combat them, the bacteria can penetrate into the lungs which may lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. Yoga is one of the main saviour exercises for maintaining the health of our respiratory system. Practicing breathing exercises and asanas on regular basis conditions the respiratory system and boosts the efficiency of the lungs.
It ensures optimal functioning of all organs
Desk jobs and sedentary lifestyles mean that our organs don’t get enough blood circulation leading to blockages in arteries and building up toxins. If this remains for a long period this can lead to breakdowns in the body system. Yoga, if done regularly, stimulates the lymphatic system to remove toxins from the body. The various asanas ensure that different organs and glands receive fresh blood and oxygen and are gently massaged and stimulated. The increased supply of oxygenated blood to organs leads to their optimal function.
It keeps muscles and joints in better working conditions
Whatever your age is, joint and muscular pain seems to appear in everyone these days. A weak bone structure, lack of physical exercise and deficiency of essential nutrients in the diet can worsen the situation. Yoga helps lubricate the joints with synovial fluid and stabilizes muscles through strengthening exercises, helps in eliminating the pain, and causing them to function in a better way.