Power up your immune system and beat cold-and-flu season with yoga postures to stimulate the thymus gland, improve digestive function, reduce stress levels, and cleanse the lymphatic system.
Sit on your heels with a tall spine. Place the left palm facing out and the palm of the right hand facing into the chest. Curl the fingers of both hands together to form a grip. Inhale through the nose, hold the breath as you try to pull the hands apart, and then relax the hands as you exhale out the nose. Continue for 1-3 minutes.
Sit on to your heels and place hands on to your knees. Inhale, then exhale and hold the breath out while you pump the belly in and out rapidly. Continue for 1-3 minutes.
Stand up and place the heels together with the toes turned out. Then squat down, raising the heels (ideally keeping them together), aligning the knees over the toes, and placing your fingertips on the floor in front of you. Inhale, raising the hips and straightening the legs. Exhale and return to the squatting position. Repeat 26 times.
Sit cross-legged or on your heels. Place your hands on your shoulders with fingers in front and thumbs at the back. Inhale and twist the body to the left. Exhale and twist to the right. Rotate from the navel point (belly). Continue 26 times or for 1-2 minutes.
Sit in a comfortable posture with a straight spine. Clasp the hands together without interlacing your fingers. Place the hands in front of your chest: the heart centre. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing pattern.
Begin lying flat on your back with your arms resting at your sides, and palms facing downwards. Inhale and press the lower back against the floor and lift one leg upward to 90 degrees while activating the abdominal muscles, pulling the navel inwards. Exhale and lower the leg slowly back to the floor, ensuring that the lower back does not lose contact with the floor. Repeat on the other leg. Continue for 1-3 minutes. For an easier variation: place the hands under the body to support your lower back.