Colds and Flu

Published on July 28, 2008

Yoga can alleviate the symptoms of minor viral infections as well as boost the immune system to help the body recover from illness. Any type of physical activity will give a boost to the immune system, and yoga, with its inherent stress reducing and immune enhancing properties, will both provide a short-term boost and a long-term strengthening of the immune system. In addition to a general yoga practice, specific yoga postures can be used to target specific organs of the immune system to further enhance yoga’s immune boosting abilities.

Yoga Postures
Use our complete list of postures for Colds and Flu.

Practice Dirga and Nadi Sodhana Pranayamas to reduce stress and to calm the body and mind. If there is excess heat in the body, with symptoms of fever, agitation, restlessness and poor sleep, then Sit Cari and Shitali pranayamas will be helpful as well. If there is excess mucus in the lungs use Kapalabhati Pranayama.

Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind and helps heal the body. Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Yoga Meditation, Heart Chakra Meditation, Mantra Meditation.

Yoga Therapy for Colds and Flu
7 Poses to Relieve Cold & Flu Symptoms
Yoga Tips for Fending Off Colds and Flus
Colds and Flu: Alternative Therapies

Books and Videos
Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health
Yoga Therapy
Yoga RX

Web Resources
Colds Healing Center
Flu Healing Center
The Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.

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2 responses to “Colds and Flu”

  1. Redhotyogi Avatar

    This is just what I need having returned from a business trip feeling awful!! Today is the first day I almost didn’t practise yoga being religious for the last 4 weeks but I persisted as I know it benefits me. Tomorrow I will be taking onboard some of your suggestions. Thank you

  2. ramarao Avatar

    Please suggest me whether there is any yoga practice where one can get relief from nasal problem of atrophic rhinitis for which no treatment modality claims sure cure …

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Timothy Burgin is a Kripalu & Pranakriya trained yoga instructor living and teaching in Asheville, NC. Timothy has studied and taught many styles of yoga and has completed a 500-hour Advanced Pranakriya Yoga training. Timothy has been serving as the Executive Director of since 2000. He has authored two yoga books and has written over 500 articles on the practice and philosophy of yoga. Timothy is also the creator of Japa Mala Beads and has been designing and importing mala beads since 2004.
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