3 yoga poses to boost immunity

Yoga poses to boost immunity from Jessica Bellofatto
Jessica Bellofatto
Yoga for immunity - chair pose is good for immunity
Chair pose (Uttanasana)
Yoga for immunity - Legs up the wall pose is good for immunity
Legs up the wall pose (Viparita Karani)
Yoga for immunity - Goddess pose is good for immunity
Goddess pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
General by Jessica Bellofatto

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and according to Jessica Bellofatto, owner of KamaDeva Yoga, so does yoga. She says that there are specific yoga poses that boost immunity. “Restorative postures are highly recommended,” says Bellofatto. “They soothe the nervous system, quiet the mind, and restore the body to a state of balance and homeostasis.” Here are three tried and true yoga poses to keep you healthy and happy this fall.

Try these immunity boosting yoga poses:

Before you begin…Hold each of these for a minimum of two minutes, but feel free to stay up to 10 minutes if possible. Breathe smoothly and rhythmically through your nose, tethering the mind to the breath. Allow the skin of the body, the muscles, the bones, to soften and release. As you hold these postures, scan the body with your awareness and start to notice where you are gripping or holding and where you can let go.

Chair Uttanasana

Sit on a chair with a straight back with your feet about hip’s width apart and planted firmly on the floor. Allow your legs to be wide enough apart to accommodate your body. Drape your torso down between your legs, letting your head release completely and your hands rest on the floor.  

Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose)

Lie on your back with your buttocks right up against a wall and extend your legs straight up the wall (if your hamstrings are very tight, you may need to have your hips slightly further away from the wall). Allow your arms to rest loosely by your sides, the palms of the hands facing up. Let gravity do its thing here!

Supta Baddha Konasana (Goddess Pose)

Lie down on your back with the soles of your feet together and your knees dropped open. Have your feet as close to your pelvis as possible. If the inner thighs or hips feel at all strained, support the outer knees with 2 yoga blocks or pillows of equal size. Rest your hands on you belly, close your eyes, and feel the rise and fall of your natural breath coming in and going out.

About the Author

Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica Bellofatto, founder and director of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, Ny, is best known for her easy laughter, radiant energy, and matchless knowledge of the body. A mother, yogini, doula, surfer, triathlete, and avid stand up paddleboarder (and now SUP racer), Jessica has inspired thousands of students in their journey to better understand themselves and their world. A former dancer, Jessica teaches from a deep understanding of movement as art, movement as play, movement as therapy, and especially, movement as a spiritual practice. She is also interested in the stillness within and between the movement; the spaciousness of silence.  Jessica teaches sold out yoga retreats around the world and is most happy outside, in nature, preferably wet.

Comments

My favorite!

I actually show how to do Viparita Karani in my latest YouTube video up today!
Everyone's on the same page! It's much needed this time of year!
JG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-cePsZhvWk

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