flu shot

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Monday I saw my doctor for a flu shot. I know inoculations are not universally sought after, but I’ve been getting the shots for the last few years and have not succumbed to the flu at all.

This year I was swayed to get my shot early by news that in Queensland there have been twice as many confirmed influenza reports as the average of the last 5 years.

It may be that I wouldn’t have gotten the flu anyway as I think my immune system is fairly healthy.

If you want to build your immunity in a completely yogic way, here’s a sequence that comes from B.K.S Iyengar, who, coincidentally was born during the 1918 influenza pandemic. This practice obviously takes some commitment to make time for a morning and an evening practice, and also requires some experience with inversions and longer timings of poses. For those who can’t stay for the specified durations, they may want to use the help of props.

Morning practice:

  1. Uttanasana – 5 min.
  2. Adho Mukha Svanasana – 5 min
  3. Prasarita Padotanasana – 3 min
  4. Sirsansana – 5 min
  5. Viparita Dandasana (on chair) – 5 min
  6. Sarvangasana – 10 min
  7. Halasana – 5 min
  8. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – 5 min
  9. Viparita Karani – 5 min
  10. Savasana with Viloma/Ujjayi pranayama – 10 min

Evening practice: 

  1. Sirsasana – 10 min
  2. Sarvangasana – 10 min
  3. Halasana – 5 min
  4. Setu Bandhasana – 10 min
  5. Savasana with Viloma/Ujjayi pranayama – 10 min