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Boost Your Immune System With Yoga

As cold and flu season takes hold in and around the Goldsboro and Smithfield areas, I know so many of us want to avoid getting sick. Fortunately, you do have the power to naturally boost your immune system so you can fight off all the illness and stay healthy! Of course, there the tried and true classics like getting plenty of rest, nourishing your body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods, and taking a probiotic, but you can also boost your immune system with yoga! Let’s look at how you Smithfield, NC yoga teacher training programcan use common yoga poses to nurture your mind, body, and spirit and stay healthy this winter.

How Yoga Helps You Stay Healthy

How does yoga help you stay healthy? There isn’t actually one reason in particular to this question, but instead, several factors play a role. First, exercise of any type helps keep illness at bay. Second, stress depletes your immune system and yoga is proven to lower stress levels. By reducing the stress, you’re strengthening your immunity. Also, yoga has the unique ability to strengthen the lymphatic system, which is necessary to keep lymph circulating through the body and shift toxins out.

Best Yoga Moves to Boost Your Immunity

Viparita Karani

This popular pose is perfect for beginners because it is not difficult, but it’s also a favorite of devotees and yoga teachers, too! It’s a very grounding pose that inverts your body to help keep fluids moving. The effect is revitalizing and replenishing without tiring you out, making this a favorite when your legs and back are tired or stiff.

Watch a video here.


Also called the “Big Toe Pose,” the Padangusthasana is another inverted pose that gently stretches your muscles through your spine and legs while improving your circulation. While you may feel energized upon completing this pose, it also helps to relax the central nervous system. This pose can help with more restful sleep which is vital to a strong immune system.

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This pose is often called “Cobra Pose” because it looks like a cobra poised to strike. However, this basic pose is much more calming and soothing than its name suggests. This pose is wonderful for opening up your lungs allowing deep breathing while improving your digestion and circulation. By opening the chest, you are stimulating the thymus which creates T-cells which are necessary to fighting off illness.

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If you’re struggling with a cold or are feeling congested, the Dhanurasana, also called the “Bow Pose,” will help relieve some of the discomfort. This pose is known for toning the core and abdominal muscles, but it also opens up the chest, which, like the Cobra, stimulates the thymus and promotes deep breathing.

Watch a video here.

Learn the Poses Live at the Yoga Connection

Instead of learning yoga poses through videos, we would love for you to join us for classes at the Yoga Connection in Smithfield, NC! You’ll enjoy the calming environment and professional instruction so you know you’re doing the poses correctly. If you’d like to learn more, check out our class calendar or give us a call at 919-971-1431!

If you already enjoy yoga, consider taking the next step in your journey and become an instructor! We offer 200-hour yoga teacher certifications and other yoga teacher training opportunities to help you share this amazing activity with others.






Though introduced to yoga over 30 years ago, Martha has been teaching yoga since 2001. She received her 200 hour yoga training in 2003 and is now an E-RYT 500. Additional education: M.S. in Health Psychology, Integrative Health Coach and Mindful Awareness Meditation instructor (Duke Integrative Medicine), and over 800 hours of Yoga Therapy training. She has a school for 200 hour and beginning in the winter of 2014, a 300 hour advanced yoga certification which will award a cumulative 500 hour teacher training in compliance with Yoga Alliance. Martha's envisions yoga as a form of health, healing and well being for all people. Her students range from health professionals to yoga practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga. See all of our yoga classes.

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