Benefits of Yoga for the Immune System
Review shows relationship between practice and reductions in inflammatory markers.
Can you use yoga for the immune system? Yoga practice may have beneficial effects on inflammatory markers and cortisol levels, indicating its potential benefit for people with diabetes or arthritis who have inflammatory components, as noted in a study in Brain, Behavior, & Immunity— Health (2022; 20, ). Strong evidence shows that you may be able to use yoga for the immune system since yoga practice can reduce cortisol levels, particularly for people with high stress and/or anxiety and depression, as well as inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein and cytokines, especially for older adults. More research is recommended.
Question of the Month
Surveys show that, with the pandemic experience, people are more interested in training to receive immune system benefits and to feel happier. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost immune system health and promote a positive mood. What, if anything, are you doing to inform clients of these benefits of exercise training? Are you offering any programs that address these growing consumer interests? Tell us about your experiences.
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