Boost Your Immune System with Yoga
It is important during the holiday and winter months to take extra care of our immune systems. We need to be drinking plenty of clean water, getting adequate sleep and eating a healthy diet. It is important to deal with both the physical and mental stress of our busy days. In multiple studies, a weekly or daily yoga practice appears to help reduce stress and boost the immune system.
“A review of studies on mind-body therapies found that yoga, tai chi, meditation, and qi gong increase anti-viral related immune responses and reduce inflammation. These results can occur with both long-term and short-term practice. Some of the specific effects seen by researchers include the following:
- A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine found that sIgA levels (which protect against disease) increased in subjects undergoing integrative body-mind training but did not increase in a control group. The training produced persistent changes in this immune marker, and the results were larger if the amount of training was increased.”