Lymphatic Boost: 40 Min Yoga Flow

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.

Shoulderstand Tutorial:

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:

  1. If you are new to inversions, practicing against a wall is encouraged, as well as incorporating stacked blankets under the shoulders so the head rests comfortably on the floor.
  2. For Shoulderstand away from the wall, fold a towel or 1-2 blankets and place under your upper back/shoulders (and width of mat) then make sure your seat and head rest easily on the mat. With the arms along side of the body, palms down, begin to press into the mat as you lift your legs, feet towards the ceiling creating an L shape with your body.
  3. On an in-breath contract the abdominals, push into the forearms and lift the hips. Transition your hands to your mid b
  4. ack to stabilize, elbows staying close to the body. Lift your glutes towards your heels, engage the inner thighs, and ultimately aim to line up heels with the hips, envisioning a straight line.
  5. Keep gaze toward the naval or up towards the extended legs. Do NOT look around as you must keep your neck stabilized and neutral.
  6. Hold for 5-10 breaths to activate into the parasympathetic nervous system, create a flushing sensation in the legs, hips and belly (reverse blood flow), and support digestion. When you’re ready to come down, slowly lower your hips back onto your mat and extend legs. Place one hand on your belly and one on your heart.