Support Your Immunity with Kaiut Yoga
As one of the oldest traditions available to us, yoga has historically been used as a way for humans to enhance and maintain their overall health. Specifically, yoga has a powerful effect on the immune system. With current events, it’s vital to have a tool like Kaiut Yoga at your disposal so that your immune system can operate at its best.
Before we go into how Kaiut Yoga can boost your immune system, check out these immune system facts:
- The immune system is made up of cells, organs, and tissues that team up to fight against pathogens.
- Your body is exposed to millions of germs every day, and the immune system is the reason the bad ones don’t always make you sick.
- Your body remembers how to fight off an infection if the same germ attacks your body again.1
Lymphatic system of female anatomy
Aptly named, the immune “system” involves the coordination and activation of multiple areas of the body.
The immune system also includes the bone marrow, where white blood cells are produced; lymph nodes, which produce and store infection-fighting cells throughout the body; and the spleen, which helps control the amount of blood in the body and cleans out old or damaged blood cells from the body.
It’s important to note that negative stress can affect the way your immune system works.
Negative stress or prolonged stress can lead to increased levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that is important for the overall function of our body; but too much of it can lead to a number of health problems, including decreased immunity.
Positive emotions and a healthy lifestyle may boost your immunity. There is even some research that suggests optimism can actually make the immune system work more efficiently and effectively.2
Kaiut Yoga is a method of yoga designed for the modern body and mind. The modern human often exists in an environment that can present significant challenges. While we may want to control the environment to some extent, true resilience relies in our ability to adapt.
One of the best, most-effective, proactive approaches we can take regardless of the environment is putting in place consistent, daily self-nurturing routines. From eating nourishing foods to resting when needed, self-care rituals are an easy, effective, low-cost path to your best health. As your health improves on a cellular level, so does your resilience to whatever threat is in the environment.
Specifically, Kaiut Yoga may boost your immune system in the following ways:
- Reset the nervous system: From a Kaiut perspective, the mind and body are 100% connected. There is no separation or distinction between the body and the mind. When anxiety is operating on alert, the physical body is operating on alert as well. For the immune system to function as well as it can, most of us require the type of nervous system reset that Kaiut Yoga is known for each and every day.
- Pumping the lymphatic system: The lymphatic system is a major contributor to immune health. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump of its own. To keep the lymph system flowing freely, the body has to move. In Kaiut Yoga, when we address the joints, we are able to create a stimulus for the system that has the ability to initiate a positive lymphatic pump.
- If you’ve taken a Kaiut class before, you have experienced shapes that are simplified versions of traditional yoga asanas. We simplify shapes and work with gravity so that your body can fully integrate and experience the optimal benefit of each asana without struggle. In this way, a simple shape like the head turned to the right can provide a far greater response beyond “stretching the system”. The potential for a simple neck rotation to stimulate the lymphatic chain of the neck, support the thyroid gland, shift the cellular structure within the neck and spinal cord, and calm anxiety all at the same time is very probable.
Here at Kaiut Yoga Boulder, we believe that Kaiut Yoga is not only an optional tool for times like these- we feel that it’s a necessary one.
KYB takes our community’s health very seriously. If you want to know what other steps KYB is taking to ensure the quality and safety of the practice, click this link to read more.
1. Immune system basics taken from: https://www.coolkidfacts.com/immune-system/
2. Welch, Ashley: “10 Amazing Facts About Your Immune System”, Healthy Living, June 2015: https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-amazing-facts-about-your-immune-system/