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Nida Amalia

06 Apr 2020 • 3 min read

How Yoga Can Boost Immune System to Fight COVID-19

Corona or COVID-19 which now has become a global issue must make people worry. To prevent the spread, many actions have been taken like physical distancing, mask using and hand sanitizing.

The spread of COVID-19 can be prevented by boosting an immune system through a healthy lifestyle and exercise. If you are sure with the food you consume, then let’s add a little exercise in your daily routine like yoga.

There’s a lot of advantages you can get by exercising at home. What are they? Here are some explanations of how yoga can boost your immune system:

Yoga relieves stress

The psychological world believes that stress can worsen a human's physical health. When you’re stressed, your body becomes weak so viruses and bacteria can easily attack you. Yoga is believed to make your body and mind relax and calm.

Improves the respiratory system

Having a weak immune system lets bacteria enter the respiratory system and cause pneumonia or bronchitis. Yoga has breathing techniques that strengthen your respiratory and make the lungs more elastic.

Maintains vital organs

If you’re used to sitting all day in front of the computer, it’s possible for toxic cells and slime to damage your vital organs. Some special moves in yoga are able to relax your body and improve the oxygen and blood flow inside the body and optimize the vital organs.

Produces lubricant for joints and muscles

Has your body and joints once gone stiff and painful when you move? Yoga poses a positive effect on the muscles and joints. Yoga can produce synovial which is the lubricant for joints. Besides that, strength training stabilizes muscle elasticity.

Yoga can boost the immune system:

Yoga has several moves, from the easy to the difficult one, that you can do alone or with a teacher. These are some moves the can help you strengthen your immune system:

Shishuasana (Child pose)

Shishuasana is one of the easiest poses to do without any help. This pose releases slime in the chest and builds a strong immune system.

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)

Posing like a bridge is the basis of Setu Bandhasana. Facing up, placing your head on the mattress or inverted back-bending, this pose can improve the blood circulation.

Halasana (Plow pose)

As one of the poses that need flexibility and elasticity, Halasana would rather be done with help from the expert. Halasana poses with the knees by the ears passing your face and landing on the top of your head, can produce white blood cells in the body to boost the immune system.

Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Bhujangasana is one of the poses you often see in yoga. Posing like a cobra, back-bending, can make your body produce balanced white blood cells.

Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Just like two other poses, Dhanurasana can make you produce enough white blood cells and distribute them to the other parts of our body. This pose looks like a cobra but the tips of toes are pulled so only the stomach stays on the mattress.

Matsyasana (Fish pose)

Inside your body, below the chest part, humans have thymus which plays an important role as a source where the immune system is produced. Matsyasana pose loosens up the chest part so it triggers thymus to be active and function well.

So those are the advantages of yoga that you can get to fight COVID-19. Some simple moves you can try at home. You should start doing it tomorrow. Happy World Health Day, stay fit and strong!