Today on the yoga mat, we shall together do yoga to energize immune system and boost lymphatic drainage. Yoga postures would help to energize the lymph vessels and the lymphatic massage would help to boost the process of circulation and drainage.
When humans thought of coming up from their nomadic hunter-gatherers lifestyle, the first thing they did was start living in groups. This helped them lead a secure and happy life.
The second most important thing they did, created permanent houses for living. This is how the concept of settlements, villages, and cities came into light.
Problem started when the humans, now living in large settlements, started producing heaps of waste, and remained unable to process the garbage.
Words like hygiene and infection remained alien for those people for a long time.
It didn’t take much time for pathogens to harbour in a filthy environment and prey on humans.
Before people could figure out, illnesses took the form of epidemics, killing hundreds of them…
But the brainy humans very soon pinpointed the root cause behind the trouble, and took time to discover an efficient disposal system of the waste and garbage scattered around their habitats.
This is how the very concept of a drainage system came into being. It was one the most important discoveries of that time.
This not only made the lives of people pleasant, but was also found to be the most crucial requirement for a healthy environment.
Our body is also made of millions and trillions of cells working day and night.
Absorbing and processing nutrients, producing plenty of waste products and garbage.
If this garbage was left unaddressed, it would create havoc in the body’s internal environment.
But we all know what an excellent architecture our body is!
It’s natural, God-gifted and flawless!
So let’s take this pride together for having a technically highly advanced drainage system within our body called- The Lymphatic Drainage System, the conduit for lymph fluids.
Lymphatic System- Brief Anatomy
A brief familiarity with the anatomy of the lymphatic system would make you better understand the science of yoga to energize immune system.
- Lymph is a part of our immune system, it is pale yellow and does not contain RBC and hemoglobin.
- It circulates through lymph capillaries, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels.
- The lymphatic system is crucial to keep our body healthy. It circulates protein-rich lymph fluid throughout the body, collecting bacteria, viruses, toxins, and excess water.
- The lymph fluid carries the waste products and destroys bacteria back into the bloodstream. The liver or kidneys then remove these from the blood. The body passes them out with other body waste, through bowel movements (poo) or urine (pee).
What is the Immune System- Our Defence System
The immune system is the body’s defense against infections. The immune system attacks germs and keeps us healthy.
Science Of The Immune System
Before diving into how yoga to energize immune system is going to work let’s have a look on the working of our immune system.
- Many cells and organs work together to protect the body. White blood cells, also called leukocytes, play an important role in the immune system.
- A type of white blood cells, called phagocytes, chew up invading organisms.
- Others, called lymphocytes, help the body remember the invaders and destroy them.
- Lymphocytes start out in the bone marrow and either stay there and mature into B cells, or go to the thymus gland, where the lymphocytes mature into T cells.
- These are like the body’s military intelligence system — they find their targets and send defense to lock onto them.
- Are like the soldiers — they destroy the invaders that the intelligence system finds.
Let’s Do Yoga To Energize Immune System
P.S.- Along with the yoga postures, we shall tap the main areas on our body containing the clusters of lymphatic nodes.
These areas are:
Above the collarbone, armpits, stomach groin, or hips crease and behind the Knees.
Let’s start seated in Vajrasana.
- Sit on your heels in a kneeling position.
- Take some moments to center yourself, take two deep breaths.
- Inhale, and Exhale to press your neck down to your chest, roll your neck towards the left shoulder, towards the right shoulder, back to the chest.
- Once again inhale and exhale to roll your neck towards the right shoulder, on the left shoulder, and coming back to the chest.
- Few movements like this, to stimulate your tonsils in the neck area.
>Tap near the collar bones…and the area below your ears where your cervical lymph nodes are.
- After neck work, let’s do some shoulder work to recharge the lymph nodes in the armpit area.
- Squeeze your arms to your side body and press the skin there.
- Rotate your shoulders while still squeezing and holding the side body skin.
- This helps greatly to stimulate your lymph vessels of these areas.
- Keep rotating like this and switch directions.
Squeeze And Release Shoulders
- Let skin under the armpit be still pressed.
- Inhale, squeeze your shoulders up, Exhale and release down with force.
- Bring your left-hand overhead and bend your left elbows facing up.
- With your right-hand press the left elbow, again to stretch the skin.
>Tap near your armpits, to stimulate your axillary lymph nodes.
Repeat on the other side.
- Come on all four and then on your stomach for Bhujangasan.
- Place your elbows below the Shoulders.
- Press your stomach and pubic bone against the ground.
- Inhale and exhale deeply, do some twisting action in cobra pose, to energize the lymph vessels in your stomach area.
- From Cobra pose, release your hands and come fully on your stomach.
- Inhale and grab the ankles of both feet.
- Inhale, pull your legs, with an upthrust bring your torso up, Exhale.
- Breathing deeply, rock and cradle in bow pose.
- Release your hands and legs, bring your palms on the ground and push back to the child’s pose.
- Breath here.
- Apply slight pressure on your belly with your thighs.
Deep Abdominal Breathing
- Come On Your Back
- Relax, place your fingers on either side of the belly just above the naval.
- Take a deep breath, when you exhale, press your fingers to stimulate the lymph vessels in this area.
- Continue with deep Abdominal Breathing
>Tap your stomach points to stimulate your intestine lymph nodes.
- Curve your back, Rock to and fro, bring the momentum, and come to the forward fold AKA Uttanasana.
- Release your neck and shoulder.
- Couple your elbows.
- Take a few deep breaths here.
- You can bend your knees in case you have tight hamstrings.
- With each exhale, lengthen your spine and fold a bit more.
Halfway lift-Ardh Uttanasana
- Place your hands on your shin bones and flap back in Ardha Uttanasana.
- Send energy to your spinal cord from tailbone to crown.
>Tap behind the Knees to activate your lymph nodes.
- Widen your legs apart.
- Heels in and toes out.
- Settle down in Yogi squats or Malasana.
- Focus into the groin area, the front hips crease.
- With each breath feel the sensation and opening of your groins.
- Mala Sinha is an excellent posture for the second chakra- sacral chakra responsible for your creativity, productivity, and sensuality.
Happy Baby Yoga Postures
- Come on your hips.
- Hold the outer edges of your feet.
- Curve and roll on your back for Balasana or happy baby yoga Posture.
- Rock side by side and feel like a child.
- Press your knees down to open your groin area.
- Prevent your tailbone from rolling up.
- Try sinking more and more with each breath.
Reclined Bound Angle
- Release your feet.
- Bring the entire leg package down with the soles of the feet together in a reclined bound angle yoga posture.
- If you have tight hips and feel uncomfortable, place two yoga blocks beneath your knees.
>Tap the groin, the hips creases where the inguinal lymph nodes are.
Savasana (Breath Deeply)
- Now you have covered all your main lymph nodes, by stimulating with yoga postures and activating by the action of patting with your fingers.
- Straighten your legs, release your body and relax in Savasana.
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day because it is required for an efficient lymphatic drainage system that would optimize your immune system as well.
Wrapping up- Yoga To Energize Immune System
We often experience painful swelling in our groin or the axils of the arms when we get a boil or injury in the limbs. This is an indicator of the presence of a foreign body within our bodies. The lymph nodes present in these regions tend to localize the infection and prevent it from spreading to the body as a whole.
The lymph nodes are critical for the body’s immune response and are principal sites where many immune reactions are initiated. During a physical examination, doctors often look for swollen lymph nodes in areas where lymph nodes are abundant, including the neck, around the collarbone, the armpit (axilla), and the groin.
A lymphatic drainage treatment a.k.a. lymphatic massage can also help greatly with weight loss and general health by Improved lymph flowing.
Hence help the body to shed excess weight and give a toned appearance with unclogged pores and glowing skin.
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Thanks for being with me on the mat, Namaste Yogis!
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