In Ayurveda, toxins are called ama or sticky residue. Proper exercise, nutrition, and especially water consumption can help move these toxins out of the body. There are many yoga poses that can help stimulate the lymphatic system and move lymph through the 600 to 700 lymph nodes that are in your body. Try these five yoga poses to stimulate your lymphatic system. If you’ve had any lymph nodes removed, consult your healthcare professional before trying these poses.
Krounchasana (Heron Pose)
Relax your shoulders as you hold your extended leg. Breathe deeply through the lower belly as you hold the pose. If it’s difficult for you to extend the leg while holding on to your instep, you can place both hands on your calf as you extend your leg upward.
For a challenge, start the pose by first rotating the left leg outward and back so your left foot is next to your hip. Hold the pose for a minute, and then take the other side.
Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)
Now, wrap your left arm underneath and behind you with the palm facing the back wall and the fingers pointed toward the sky. Raise your right arm above your head and bend at the elbow to join your left hand behind you. If you can’t join both hands together, use the strap in your right and catch it with your left. Sit up tall with the spine lengthened. The crown of your head should rise up toward the ceiling. Your head should be neutral to the spine. Breathe deeply through your belly and hold the pose for 1 to 2 minutes. Switch sides.
Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Spinal Twist Pose)
Lengthen through the spine and extend your left arm outward, to the left. Bring the left arm in front of you and wrap it around the right knee, placing the hand on the outside of your knee. Bring your right hand to the floor behind the tailbone and press down as you straighten your arm and back. Open the right shoulder behind you as you turn your gaze to the right. Breathe deeply and hold the pose for 1 to 2 minutes. Switch sides.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Remember the lymphatic system doesn’t have an automatic pump to move toxins out of the body. It’s up to you to drink plenty of water, get an adequate amount of exercise, practice diaphragmatic breathing, and insure proper elimination. If you do these things daily, you are on your way to lowering the toxins in your body.
*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.