One of the worst things about the winter holidays is that they almost always cause you to get sick. You may end up with a flu, a cough, a cold, or even a more serious problem, and it will basically ruin your entire vacation! But instead of spending your holiday sick in bed, why not fight off the colds by doing some Yoga? You’d be amazed to discover that there are a few simple Yoga moves that will help you to prevent and fight the sniffles!
Seated Spinal Twist
This is a great pose to squeeze your liver and kidneys, the two organs that are in charge of storing and eliminating toxins. By twisting your body, you squeeze the toxins out of your organs, sending them to the waste disposal system. Plus, the post will help you to activate your immune system. To perform the Yoga movement, sit with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Straighten your right knee and place your left foot on the outside of that knee, and twist to the left. Place your left hand right behind your butt, and your right hand on the floor beside your leg. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, and repeat on the other side.
This classic Yoga pose is more than just a great stretch–it’s also a great way to get those white blood cells flowing through your body. The inverted pose can actually send immune-boosting cells to your sinuses, fighting off the sniffles before they fully set in and become a head cold. To perform the pose, start in the plank position and push your buttocks up toward the roof–keeping your hands and feet flat on the floor. Press your chest toward your knees, drive your heels into the floor, and keep your wrists parallel to the floor as you breathe deeply. Take 10 deep breaths, and come out of the pose.
Legs Up the Wall
This is a great Yoga pose for those who want to stimulate the immune function of their body. It’s a simple inversion pose that will help to promote healthy circulation of lymphatic fluid, boosting your immunity and effectively fighting off colds. To perform this pose, sit with your right side against a wall, your legs straight out in front of you. Now lie down on the bed and twist to bring your legs up the wall. Your body should form a perfect L-shape against the wall, with your back flat on the mat and your legs flat on the wall. Hold for at least 10 deep breaths, and feel the blood rushing through your body as you relax.
The bridge is an excellent pose to help build lower back strength, but it also works to stimulate your thymus gland. The thymus gland is one of the main glands in your immune system, and increasing thymus function will help to increase the production of immune cells. To do the bridge, lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Press your feet into the floor as you thrust your hips toward the roof, and hold your body in a straight line. Only your upper shoulders, head, and feet should be on the floor. You can clasp your hands beneath your buttocks to open your chest further, and bring your shoulder blades as close as possible. This opening of your chest will stimulate the thymus gland, so hold it for at least 10 to 15 deep, slow breaths before coming out of the pose.