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Here's How Yoga Bends The Rules For Better Immunity

Written by Jillian Lai Mei Siew on Fri, 11 November 2022

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The benefits of yoga stretch beyond the mat!

Unlike most physical activities that transform the body just from the outside, yoga heals the body from the inside as well. In fact, yoga is not just about working out, it's about creating a healthy lifestyle that may even extend into your diet.

Yoga is known to work in all aspects of your life, through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. What's more? Research even suggests that practicing yoga daily can have multiple positive effects on your life as well as your immunity. Let's take a deep breath and dive into those benefits, shall we?

1. Boosts the immune system

Practicing yoga regularly can help strengthen and support your immune system. Yoga helps your body relax, calms your nervous system, and reduces the negative effects of stress on your body. Yoga maintains the health of your respiratory system, reduces oxidative stress which poses a risk to healthy cells, and reduces inflammation.

2. Improves respiratory health

Yoga poses that involve inverted postures and forward bends help ease congestion by circulating the blood flow to your sinuses. Sinuses and our mucus membrane are your body's first line of defence when it comes to fighting infections and viruses. Keeping it healthy can boost the way your immune system functions.

3. Helps build muscle strength

Yoga gently takes your body through a range of motions that loosen your muscles without adding extra stress on joints thus helping you tone and build muscles. Unlike at the gym, yoga relies on your entire body for strengthening. This enables your body to do only what it is capable of, without the risk of pushing it too hard.

4. Improves flexibility

People living a modern, sedentary life will benefit greatly from practicing yoga daily. Holding certain poses along with several rounds of deep breathing help create a connection within your muscle tissue, enabling it to relax and stretch. Improved flexibility keeps your body loose, limber, and well-toned.

5. Improves bone health

Yoga practiced regularly, builds stability and agility which helps strengthen your bones. Yoga puts more pressure on bone than gravity does. This creates a push and pull between your muscle groups which stimulates the bone-making cells, osteoblasts. Stronger bones also means that you're less susceptible to fractures and osteoporosis in the long run.

6. Improves metabolism

Practicing yoga daily can improve your circulation and the nutrient supply in your blood tissue. Better circulation also aids in enhanced functioning of the digestive system. This allows your body to burn more calories during the day, enabling effective weight loss.

7. Gives you inner strength

Due to the relaxed nature of yoga, we often forget about one of its most important benefits β€”inner strength. Yoga strengthens the mind-body connection. It enables you to stretch, hold, and balance yourself to get a boost of good energy to help you live a happier and healthier life.

To practice yoga, you need to have the right technique and balance, without which you put yourself at risk of getting injured. The important thing is to pay close attention to your body and enjoy the process so that you can channel your energy across your body and mind. Get ready to lift yourself from the inside out with these benefits of yoga!

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Jillian Lai Mei Siew

As the Product Consultant Manager of Mega BiO-LiFE, Jillian Lai Mei Siew, has the role of providing a productive team spirit among all Product Consultants to equip them with the right health nutritional information. Jillian is a BSc in Nutrition and Community Health, and a MSc in Nutritional Sciences an from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Affiliated to the Professional Affiliation Languages & Dialects Nutrition Society of Malaysia, NSM, Jillian can speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and Malay.

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