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