Yoga consists of many practices which include asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, meditation, diet and lifestyle. All of these in combination have a hugely beneficial impact on the physiology of the body.
These are physical practices and work on the body at various levels. They help restore neuro muscular balance, improve the spine and impact all the internal organs. Asanas are the only form of discipline which are isotonic, isometric, weight bearing and cardiovascular in nature. These help maintain muscular tone and keep us healthy and fortified against viruses and harmful bacteria. Asanas work at a cellular level and take your body to its best natural level when practiced over a period of time.
Pranayamas are various breathing techniques which help the body physiologically and psychologically. The immune strengthens greatly and the functioning of the internal organs is improved. It has been found that there is a benefical effect in a lot of chronic diseases and conditions. Additionally, the mind gets calmer and there is an improvement in the functioning of the brain. Various neurons get activated and it also helps regenerate dormant parts of the brain. This helps the central and peripheral system to improve. The net result is minimal diseases and very good brain power.
Kriyas are the cleansing processes which help remove impurities from the body. There are known to be around fifty of these, divided in six categories. Some of the more popular ones include, jalaneti, sutraneti, kunjal kriya, dhauti, kapalabhati and trataka. These help the body to get rid of impurities and strengthen the immune system. In addition, they help increase energy, improve the quality of blood and some of them benefit the brain.
The benefits of meditation are now well known. It helps in stress management, control and manage internal body processes and greatly help the body in healing even chronic diseases like cancer and HIV. This is in addition to make you calmer and improve brain power.
Diet as prescribed in Yoga is a way of eating. The main parts of a yogic diet are what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat and how to eat. Our online and balanced diet plans are based on these fundamentals. The net result is a calm mind, better health and less chances of infections.
The Immune System
The immune system is not an organ or a single unit in the body. It is a variety of cells to be found in various parts of the body including the blood, endocrine glands and other regions. They assess the threat of a virus or bacteria and fight them as required. We are bombarded with hundreds and thousands of different foreign elements everyday. It is the immune system which takes care of these. There are ‘marker’ cells which identify a target, helper cells which assist in the fight and ‘fighter’ cells which attack the viruses and kill them. A consistently inflamed immune system or one with the incorrect combination of cells weakens the body and becomes susceptible to various diseases.
All the Yoga aspects mentioned above directly impact the immune system in three ways:
- Reduces inflammation of the immune system
- Improves quality and its functioning by as much as fifty percent or more
- Reduces stress. Reduction of stress is now linked to reduction in diseases and even in managing chronic diseases.
These benefits of Yoga and all its elements is the key to a healthy immune system and a disease free life. Even if you have a disease, you can lead a very healthy life with Yoga. Do check out one of our online yoga programs to have a great immune system.