In our month of Cleansing, we look to how the Asana practice of Yoga boosts our immune system and helps cleanse the body. I know for many of us this is the cold season that will not end! And though it seems like a break in the weather may be coming soon.. I hope very soon, it never hurts to give our bodies and our systems a boost.
Lymph is a clear fluid that moves bacteria and viruses out of the body via the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes also target areas of infection and lymph transports white blood cells to their destination. Unlike how blood cells move through the body via the heart and the circulatory system, the lymph system requires physical movement to work and to be at their best.
In addition to particular postures that accentuate the movement of lymph in the body the lymph system is also affected by gravity. Any posture that allows the head to be lower than the heart promotes the effectiveness of this system that is critical to our immune support. INversions offer a clear way to promote this type of circulation of lymph fluid.
Hot zones of lymph nodes (not a bad thing!)
- Under arms
- Groin and hip area
- Knees/Elbows (small pockets)
Postures to Boost Cleansing/Healing
- Wide-footed forward fold- Prasritta Padottanasana (inversion and hip opener)
- Reclined Twist
- Bound Angle (Seated/Reclined) – Baddha Konasana (Supta)
- Downward Facing Dog – Ardha Mukha Svanasana
- Forward Fold – Uttanasana
- Bridge – Setu Bhandhasana
To prepare for this new season, let’s get ourselves healthy, and ready to open ourselves to what is yet to come! And, as an added bonus – consider joining us on Sunday at 2pm for our Skin Brushing and Essential Oils workshops (MUST RSVP TODAY 4/13 by 4pm!) to cleanse the lymphatic system.