Cold is one of the common trivial disorders found in children due to viral invasion, but it can destroy child’s immune system if it’s left untreated. The strength of a child’s immune system plays an important role in preventing cold. Yoga, on the other hand, deals with holistic development of the person and their lifestyle; this not only helps in preventing Cold but also improvises health and strengthens immune system by lessening their susceptibility to Cold. Mild exercise in the form of the Asana’s does contribute making the body fitter. Having a positive outlook on life, learning how to relax your mind and body; also give you an edge in managing emotional and psychological stress and lessen your vulnerability to cold virus. Some asana’s of yoga that helps in fighting the common cold by strengthening the immune system are
- Sit in Vajrasana.
- The toes can be tucked under or stretched.
- The knees wide apart.
- Place the hands on the knees and straighten the arms and throw your head back.
- Inhaling deeply through the nose raise the shoulders slightly.
- Open the eyes wide and look up.
- Stretch the tongue out and exhale from the mouth with an “Aahhh” sound.
- Ensure the Aahhh-sound comes from the abdomen, not from the throat.
Repeat the asana ten times.
- Stand straight with your hands clasped at the back
- Exhaling, bend forward while lifting your arms up
- Inhaling, return to the starting position.
- Sit in Padmasana. Keep the spine erect and the head level.
- Raise the hands to the face. Lift the elbows to the level of the shoulders; place the thumbs on the ear-holes so as to cut off external sounds.
- Place the index fingers on closed eyes and close your nostrils with the middle fingers.
- Keep the ring fingers under the nose and little fingers under the lips,
- Remove the middle fingers and breathe deeply. Close and hold your breath for as long as you can.
Continue the asana for 2-3 minutes.
If the child feels uncomfortable while doing the pose, please do not push the child to do it. It is always preferable to do it with the proper guidance of the known yoga instructor.