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Lymphatic System Cleansing Breath April 19, 2012

As I went through my Chair Yoga Certification with Lakshmi Voelker, one of the things I found most interesting was the process of our Lymphatic System and how much it needs our attention to function at its best.  I’ve shared this breath with my students, and I like to pair this breath with Eagle Pose.  Eagle Pose squeezes the lymph nodes found under the arms, and in the groin.  This helps to emphasis the action of the breath by forcing the toxins away from the glands. 

I invite you to read the following information from Lakshmi.  Take the time to understand it, and then take the time to apply it.  You’ll reap the same benefits whether your on the mat, or on the chair.  It’s simple and takes a minimal amount of breathing with awareness to help you body function properly with less toxins,  and the only side-effect is calm and clarity! 

Be well!  Ericka

 

 

 

Understand the power of the breath. Your body is as healthy as its cells. Healthy cells mean a healthy blood stream (circulatory system). Breath is the control system that cleanses the blood stream. It gives oxygen to cells and controls the flow of lymph fluid in the body, which contains white blood cells that protect the body and cleanses the system.

The lymph system is the body’s sewage system. Every cell is surrounded by lymph. We have 4 times more lymph than blood. Blood is pumped form the heart through the arteries to thin porous capillaries. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the capillaries where they are then diffused in to the fluid around the cells called lymph.

Cells take necessary nutrients and oxygen for their health right out of the lymph and excrete toxins back into the lymph. Dead cells and toxins then go into the lymph system to be drained out of the body. If the lymph system shut down for 24 hours, we would die as a result of trapped blood proteins and excess fluid.

The blood stream has a pump, the heart. The lymph has only deep breathing and muscular movement as its pump. We must breathe deeply to help stimulate lymph movement.

Learn how to breathe first. (Then, look into your eating habits and body movement. For those of you more interested, visit my Web site to learn about The Rebounder.) Deep breathing creates a vacuum that literally cycles the lymph thorough lymph nodes and, thus, the blood stream; it multiplies the pace at which the body eliminates toxins.

Deep breathing and exercise accelerate this process of cleansing 15 times its normal pace. Fully oxygenating the body has got to be our number one priority. One out of three Americans get cancer. Only one out of every seven athletes gets cancer. Why????? Athletes are giving the body oxygen regularly. They are firing off their internal vacuum—the lymph system—that is then cleansed through the circulatory system. More oxygen gets to the cells and fewer toxins stay in the body.

In the lymphatic system cleansing breath we need to breathe at the 1:4:2 ratio.

We hold the breath four times as long as the inhalation so we can oxygenate the blood.

We then need to exhale twice as long as we inhale because exhaling eliminates toxins such as excess carbon dioxide from the blood and activate the lymphatic system.

 

 

 

The lymphatic system cleansing breath goes as follows:

Start the breath deep within the abdominal area

Inhale for the count of 1

Hold the breath for the count of 4

Exhale through pursed lips slowly for the count of 2.

Conclude each ratio with one inhalation through the nose and one exhalation through the mouth.

Continue the ratio 9 more times for a total of 10 rounds three times a day.

Gradually increase the ratio as the days and weeks pass going to 2:8:4 then 3:12:6 and on till you can comfortably get to 7:28:14. This may take a few weeks to a few months to obtain

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Notes from the Students April 4, 2012

"Grandma Jody" Demonstrating a beautiful, Reverse Low-Lunge on a chair at YOUYOGA

 

 

…because the workouts are great for flexibility, strength, and self-confidence
…because the atmosphere in the class is totally supportive, peaceful, and unintimidating
…because use of the chair means we always feel secure and unafraid to try the exercises
…because we always have a period of total relaxation at the end, which leads to peace and serenity
…because Ericka has such a soothing voice, kind attitude, and is concerned about each participant
…because it is a wonderful, easy introduction to the whole concept of yoga

Lora

 

Notes From The Students March 28, 2012

 

A strong, peaceful and confident Tree Pose being demonstrated on a chair at YOUYOGA.

 
In keeping with the theme of Ahimsa this week….I thought it appropriate to share some kind words from one of our valued Chair Yoga students at YOUYOGA, as well as share a photo of her practicing Tree Pose/Vrksasana on a chair.  The practice of  Tree Pose helps to strengthen the ankle while creating new space in the hip.  This openness in the hip can help to improve the symptoms of Sciatica, which is a pain or numbness in the leg, hip, and/or lower back caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve located at the lumbar (lower back) spine.
 
It also increases our muscular and skeletal strength in our arches, calves and thighs.  Helping us to create a strong base to improve, or maintain our physical balance.  If we lift our palms above the crown of our head, it can also help to increase our ability to breath, along with improving our circulation.  With greater breath and improved blood flow….our internal organs get the support they need to function properly.
 
By lifting our arms we also engage the muscles of our back-body…..helping to make it stronger, while improving our posture.  However, if your shoulders sense pain from an injury, or weakness then keep those hands at heart, or belly center.  Remember to keep lengthening the neck away from the tops of the shoulders, as you draw your shoulder blades towards one another.   This action alone will help to develop strength whether the hands are above, or below the heart.  
 
Lastly, practicing Tree Pose wether sitting, or standing will help to develop a sense of calm and focus.  I think we can all agree calm is worth seeking on a daily basis……for too often it seems that they day isn’t long enough for the task list that awaits our attention.  So whether you’re at work, or at home between taks, or commercial breaks be inspired to take a moment and try Tree Pose…..sitting or standing…..and see what it can do for YOU!  If nothing else it can become a moment of quality time for yourself.  Helping you to create the quality of Ahimsa………loving, compassion, and a sense of worthiness.  All qualities that can help us be better people knowing that we deserve to feel and be well.
 
Special thanks to Christine for allowing YOUYOGA to share her kind words (found below) and lovely photo with all of  our viewers 😉
 
 
 
“Chair yoga at YOUYOGA is REAL yoga. It’s good challenging exercise and it …makes you feel strong and balanced.You’re doing real yoga and the chair is just there for support. Really, that’s what YOUYOGA classes, and YOUYOGA teachers, are for … a little support when you need it.

You’re never on your own, there’s always an encouraging voice to remind you to be mindful of, and explore, your strength.”

Christine