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How Yoga Boosts Your Immune System

By Lisa Ash Drackert for her lisa.ash.yoga blog.

Did you know that yoga can boost your immune system by promoting lymphatic regularity and nourishing your tissues with oxygen-rich blood cells? 

Your lymphatic system plays an essential role in healthy immunity, circulation and detoxification. It is a complex network of vessels found throughout the body (especially in the fascial system) that efficiently circulates lymphocytes, disease fighting antibodies, metabolic byproducts and lymph fluid to keep your body vital. 

Yoga, Self-Myofascial Release and yoga pranayama (breathing exercises) support a robust lymphatic system by encouraging the removal of impurities from the body. In addition, contracting your muscles as you move and breathe in yoga acts as a pump for the lymphatic system. Mindful, vigorous movement of any kind helps the lymphatic system flow more efficiently, however, yogic techniques in particular also help mitigate harmful effects of stress on your body. This combination builds the base for strong immunity.

Try these 3 Yoga Practices to Boost Your Immune System:

 

1. Legs up the Wall Pose

Scoot your hips close to the wall and lay down on your back, sliding your heels upward. Set a timer for 6 to 10 minutes and rest on your back. Don’t have a wall? Sling your feet up on the seat of a chair. Gentle, supported inversions help promote lymphatic flow, reduce swelling and remove excess build-up of fluid around major organs.

2. Foot Massage with Self-Myofascial Release

Grab a tennis ball and roll the bottom of your foot on the ball from heel to toe. Use medium pressure so that it feels reassuring to the tissues but is easy to control the movement. After 3 minutes, decrease the pressure significantly and “scribble” the ball in all directions like its a marker making random patterns on the bottom of your foot. This encourages lymphatic return and can help re-circulate disease fighting lymphocytes all over the body.

3. Diaphragm Strengthening

Roll up a towel and slide it under the soft part of your belly as you lie down in sphinx pose: belly down, chest supported by the forearms. Take 10 cleansing inhales and exhales; inhale through the nose and exhale a loud sigh out of the mouth. The lymphatic system helps to remove toxins and other natural metabolic byproducts from the bloodstream through perspiration, bowel movements and breathing, keeping your body healthy.

Learn More! Join Lisa for an Online Workshop: Yoga Immune Boost Workshop

 

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About the Author

Lisa Ash Drackert

Lisa Ash Drackert

Lisa\’s yoga teaching is based on the true meaning of the word yoga: to find union. Her dream is to create a community of hope, health and happiness that inspires students to connect with the inherent Divinity in each and every creation. Lisa holds a Master\’s Degree in Education and undergraduate degrees in both Education and Religious Studies. In 2015, Lisa graduated with her RYT-500 hour Credentials with a specialization in Yoga Therapeutics through The Integrated Institute of Yoga Studies (IIYS).  Lisa studies with Yoga Medicine and her primary teacher Tiffany Cruikshank. She is an expert in spinal anatomy and using yoga as a functional therapy for back pain and spinal injuries. In 2015, she won the Critic\’s Choice Award in The Pitch for Best Yoga Teacher in Kansas City. Her studio Westport Yoga KC was recognized in The Pitch as a \"Best of KC\" Yoga Studio in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Westport Yoga KC was featured in SELF magazine as one of 14 studios in the country changing the way we think about yoga. She currently serves as a Lululemon Athletica Brand Ambassador and is a leader in her community teaching meditation for stress relief. Lisa Ash Drackert studies extensively with Renee DeTar of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies and Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. Her other teachers include Kate Sargent, Kathleen Kastner-Mortenson, Gretchen Robinson and Rusty Wells. When she is not doing or teaching yoga, she is cuddling with her doggie Russell Clive, fussing with her herb garden or on the trails with her husband, Mike.

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