Benefits of Yoga When You Are Sick
With each handshake and hug, cold viruses can be spread easily.
Judi Bar, a yoga specialist at Cleveland Clinic, says those who are looking to keep their immune system in check might want to try some yoga.
"The idea of practicing yoga helps us to build the immune system, with our breath, with that awareness, by calming that stress response and that alone helps us to stay so much healthier," explains Bar.
Research has shown that an increase in the stress hormone, cortisol, can weaken our immune systems and make it easier for us to get sick.
Bar says that in addition to lowering stress levels, yoga movement actually helps pump lymphatic fluid through our systems, which helps the body rid itself of toxins and waste.
Folks who are more sedentary tend to get sick more often because their lymphatic systems are not pumping as much.
In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, Bar says that yoga can help us achieve healthier habits outside of the yoga studio, which work hand in hand to help fight off illness.
"It also causes us to be more mindful so that we'll remember to drink more water, or that we will eat healthier, or that we will end up getting our cardiovascular exercise, to keep us healthy and strong," says Bar.
Bar also said that if you're feeling under the weather, practicing some gentle yoga poses and doing some mild stretching can help provide some relief and boost your energy.