This practice supports the overall well-being of the body by focusing and boosting the Lymphatic System.
Our bodies are made up of lymphatic pathways, lymph, glands, and lymph nodes that work to rid the body of toxins and waste. During times of high stress and environmental changes, these pathways and lymph nodes can become taxed, causing heaviness, swelling, headaches, insomnia, sluggishness, bloating, and stress.
This well-paced yoga flow will encourage movement in the main lymph node regions of the body (neck, underarms, and pelvis), incorporate deeper abdominal breathing and Agni Sara (pranayama for cleansing), and end with an option for shoulder stand to stimulate a reversal in blood flow.
While Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana) offers the benefits of an inversion without the fear of losing balance like in Handstand, Headstand, and Tripod Headstand, it should still be attempted with extreme care. Follow these steps to safely move in and out of Shoulderstand: