Yoga helps to boost the Immune System

The immune system is the defense mechanism of the body that blocks the enemy from entering our body, kills the pathogens and produces antibodies. Our immune system is a set of mechanisms that maintains the integrity of our body. Each organ has its own protective function. It is mainly the lymphatic organs producing immune cells (white blood cells) that surround and absorb the pathogens in our body. The largest lymphatic organ in the body is the spleen acting as a detox organ. Enlargement of the spleen with softening of the tissues is one of the most common disorders of the abdominal organs. The spleen is very closely linked to emotions. If the unhealthy diet is supplemented by bad emotions, the result is a diseased spleen. Other lymphatic organs are tonsils, adenoids, thymus, lymph nodes, bone marrow, appendix, or intestines. The intestine is the second brain of our body. It is a place of all feelings, a place where we feel pain and a big part of our emotions. The intestines directly affect the immune system of the whole organism.

Our body and mind are union. Our mental state significantly affects what will happen in the body. Immunity is weakened mainly by stress and negative attitudes because the stress is the stimulation of mind, body and emotions. Emotions are connected with organs in the body and so they influence our health. If we suppress them, they settle in the body and cause health problems. If we are in stress, we miss happiness, and so our immunity becomes weak. If our mind is positive, we are really happy and so we enhance our immune system.

Positive mental attitude, humor and laughter helps solid health.

The immune system needs to be in balance. Yoga is an amazing way to keep our body in balance and increase immunity (mostly by stimulating lymph flow). Pranayama and asanas wake our body up.

Conscious control of breathing stimulates the immune system.

Postures boosting immune system:

Surya Namaskara

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Chair Pose

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Snake Pose (Sarpasana)

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)


Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Headstand (Shirshasana)

Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana)

Plow Pose (Halasana)

Fish pose (Matsyasana)

Stimulates the thymus gland and so contributes to the competence of the immune system

Spinal Twist

Lion’s breath

Ujjayi breath

One of the easiest ways to boost the immune system is meditation. By calming mind we stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. The body turns on the self-governing mechanism and the lymphatic system begins to form new cells.

Whatever type of yoga you are practicing, it will help strengthen your immune system.