Yoga for Cold and Flu

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When under the weather, Yoga can add a bit of comfort and opening to the body. Asanas help circulate lymp fluid and assist lymphatic drainage, strenthening the immune system. Twists nourish the spine and internal heat created by movement helps rid the body of viruses, breaking down static energy.
Below: 2 helpful short videos that I found. 
Find a great group of immune boosting postures here.
*Also, the website Acupressure Points for Colds and Flu is very visual and shows how to access your accupressure points.

…When It’s Really Bad!
Sometimes you need more rest than anything else. These restorative, gentle poses allow you to rest while providing therapeutic effects:
1) Supported Fish Pose (matseyanasana)

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Opens the chest and heart, helping to relieve congestion. Backbends warm and enegize the body. There are several variations for supporting this pose by using blankets, blocks, bolsters, pillows etc.  Short video and options here.

2) Supported Spinal Twist
Provides movemment of thoracic cavity, releases tension and stiffnes from lying in bed. Stimulates abdominal organs, including gall bladder and liver. Details here.
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3) Legs up the Wall Pose

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As all inversions, this pose brings blood flow to heart and brain as well as facilitating lymph drainage. It opens the chest area to facilitate breathing. It is very calming and promotes peaceful sleep. See how.

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