Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza) and Yoga
Effect of Yoga on Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza)
Having a healthy routine, like one that includes yoga, is important for keeping the body healthy and able to fight off colds and influenza well. It is important to know when to rest with a cold or with influenza, but it is also important to know when your body desires active resting (as can happen in the more meditative or rejuvenating poses of a yoga practice) and when to get your body moving like normal (through gentle exercise). Conscious breathing and mindful meditation can also help fight off colds and flus.
Side Effects and Warnings
Hatha yoga is generally at least as safe as any other stretching-based exercise program. However there are a few hatha yoga positions, such as the headstand, that can cause injury when they are performed by a person who isn’t yet sufficiently advanced in yoga, or who has certain health problems, such as a detached retina. A properly qualified instructor can help you avoid injury, taking your own individual health status into account.