Stay Well: Grab Your Yoga Mat!
Posted by: cnyha on Oct 06, 2012 in news

Looking for ways to stay healthy this cold and flu season?  Stock your fridge with healthy fruits and veggies, take time to relax, and grab your yoga mat.

Moderate exercise, such as yoga, has been shown to boost the production of cells that attack bacteria in the body which may result after a viral infection.  Regular exercise can overall boost the immune system, providing us with an arsenal of defense against colds and influenza.  Consistency of exercise is the key.

Yoga also helps to decrease stress levels, which can help lead to a healthier body.  Those who are under stress tend to experience more illness with colds and flu.  When feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the body increases the release of cortisol and adrenaline.  Sometimes, this is a good thing as it can aid in protecting us during emergency situations to react with the “fight or flight” response.  Long-term responses of this kind, however, can lead to chronic stress which harms us physically, as well as weighing heavy on our minds.

Physically, chronic stress has been shown to increase inflammatory diseases, heart disease, allergies, as well as many other conditions and diseases.  Mentally, long-term stress can also lead to anxiety and depression, which actually weaken your immune system.

Think of yoga like your armour to colds, influenza, and illness.  Yoga helps to:
• Remove toxins from our body, which helps to give our bodies a better fighting chance against illness.
• Decreases the amount of cortisol and adrenaline in the system.
• Increases the amount of endorphins, which can elevate our mood.
• Calms our minds.
• Lowers heart rate.
• Increases oxygen through deeper breathing helping all of the cells in our bodies.

At CNY Healing Arts Centers, there are a wide variety of yoga classes to choose from.  Check out our online yoga calendar by clicking here.

195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205

38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110

2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

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