Quick Fix Tip – Boost your immune system for Christmas – Part 1

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 in Blog, Postures, Quick Fix Tip | 0 comments

How many of you fall ill just before or during the Christmas holiday period ?

Boost your immune system now so you can enjoy your time off from work this festive season, instead of nursing a cold or flu around the Christmas table.

We tend to be vulnerable to picking up colds and coughs, and bugs this time of year. As our internal thermostat works harder to regulate between the cold temperatures outside and the central heating indoors, our coping mechanisms are also tested by the rapidly impeding end of the year pressures to close deals, tie up loose ends and meet deadlines at work ………not to mention the gift buying and preparations for Christmas that still have to be done!

Try this top tip to help you ride the winter storm so you can enjoy a happier and healthier festive period.

It’s Good to Breathe

Practice Surya Bhedana Pranayama. This breathing exercise will cleanse the sinuses, nasal passages and help to dry out dampness in the lungs, which is the perfect environment for bacteria to manifest. By inhaling via the right nostril (the sun channel) and exhaling via the left nostril (the moon channel) one builds ups heat in the body. By controlling the breath we also stimulate a positive effect on the nervous system, de-stressing the body & mind, calming the thoughts and allowing greater focus & clarity to be experienced. Please follow my step by step below.

Surya Bhedana – Sanskrit translation is Sun Piercing

1. Sit in a simple cross legged position, you can sit back on your heels or even sit in a chair if this is more comfortable. Sit tall with a straight spine. Begin to watch the breath and with the next exhalation acknowledge your pelvis releasing and rooting beneath you.

2. Raise your right hand to your nose and keep the left hand on the left thigh/knee with the palm facing up. Place your index and middle finger of the right hand in the space between your brows (the Ajna Chakra, third eye ). Place the thumb near the right nostril and the little and ring finger near the left nostril.

3. Take a breath in through both nostrils, close off the right side and exhale fully from the left. At the end of the exhalation immediately close off the left nostril, release the right side and inhale, slowly and fully.

4. Continue for another 2 or 3 cycles, pausing just for a moment after the inhalation before the exhalation. Make sure both the inhalation and exhalation are of equal length and that you are not straining. Take a moment to look at your posture, ensure your spine is still upright and your shoulders are relaxed. Release tension in your jaw and ensure your teeth are not clenched together.

5. Now we are going to add the Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock). On completion of the next inhalation, close off the right nostril and tip the chin down to the chest. Hold the breath and bandha for a comfortable 5-10 seconds, then raise the chin, release the lock and exhale the breath from the left nostril.

6. Continue full rounds, as above for about 5 minutes. During the bandha, acknowledge the pause, the stillness and internal space.
Replace the right hand on to the thigh and watch the breath settle to a natural pattern.

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