Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. As weather changes, many are likely to suffer from influenza. People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
Yoga therapy for influenza focuses on improving the immunity system. Asana and Pranayama are the most effective in improving the respiratory and circulatory system by which the total metabolism changes and improves the immunity towards such viruses. Inverted and backward bending postures improve the function of the respiratory system. There is a great expansion of the chest and is tranquilizing and soothing for the anxious mind. Twisting and forward bending postures rejuvenate the body and calm the mind.
Practice of pranayama and kriyas cleans the respiratory track and improves the lung capacity. This boosts the immune system and the overall health of the body and the mind.
Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent common infections. Avoid crowds during peak flu season to reduce the chance of infection. Maintaining personal and environmental hygiene is key.
If you suffer from a flu, drink plenty of water or juice to help the body hydrated. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Refrain from work or school when you notice symptoms of influenza. Take more rest and stay isolated for a while.
Seek medical advice if the symptoms persist or deteriorate.
Practice of asana, pranayama and kriyas strengthens the immune system of the body. It also improves mental health which is very important to get over influenza.
“Practice of yoga gives one strong body, strong mind and strong spirit to overcome everything “