Lymphatic System

Lymphatic Yoga Workshop in France 2014

I’m still “jet-lagged” but couldn’t wait to share some exciting news with you!  I just arrived from South France. I was invited to teach a Lymphatic Yoga workshop in France next summer at the Marcevol Monastery in the Pyrenees Mountains!!!
Le Canigou

Le Canigou – Amazing view from the yoga room

The Marcevol Monastery is located on the famous “El Camino” or “St. Jacques Way.”  Today, this monastery is not active anymore as a monastery but as a place of visitation and yoga and meditation workshops.
This is a breathtaking place! During the practice we will be facing and contemplating through the windows “Le Canigou” the highest mountains in the Pyrenees. According to tradition, these mountains and the St. Jacques Way have an indefinable spiritual aura and powerful healing atmosphere. We’re all going to soak in this amazing energy field for 6  to 9 days (optional) practicing and understanding Lymphatic Yoga. Can’t wait!
I’m so happy I can share this with you  :)
I’m going to teach in English from Monday, Jun 30 to Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  We are also going to do some walking or hiking trips to visit some of the sites in the area. Walking is a sure way to move your lymph fluid. Walking in the St. Jacques path deeply feeds your inner soul.
Some guided excursions are planned for the end of the course. Accommodation in the monastery is limited to 25 people. It includes all meals! Of course, delicious fresh French food will be on our menu! Space is limited. More details later when booking opens.
Ariel view of the Marcevol Monastery

Aerial view of the Marcevol Monastery

Lymphatic Yoga Workshop Main Topics
The workshop topics include:
  • Lymphatic Yoga practice
  • Breathing techniques
  • Understanding the anatomy of the Lymphatic System
  • Types of edema and how they develop
  • Lymphatic Yoga for Lymphedema
  • Auto-immune conditions and how to deal with an overactive Immune System using Lymphatic Yoga
  • Relaxation techniques and more

This was a magical trip for me. I was with my friends Simone and her husband Danny in their home at Ceret. Fig, grapes and cherry trees were in their beautiful backyard. The figs and grapes were simply “freshly” delicious! I had the opportunity to go to Lourdes also in the Pyrenees. It was transcendental! Thank you to my dear friends for this amazing experience!

Fig & Grape Trees in Simone's Backyard

Fig & Grape Trees in Simone’s Backyard

I’m so happy to share this information with you in this wonderful European venue.  Look forward to seeing you there next year. Still developing and arranging final details. More details to come soon.
Much love to all,
I’m now writing a series of Breast Cancer and Lymphedema blogs to be posted soon. Stay tuned for more!

Got Fat? Is Lymphatic Yoga The Answer for Weight Loss?

Lymphatic Yoga, Breathing and Weight Loss

Lymphatic Yoga, Breathing and Weight Loss

Millions of dollars are spent in liposuction, laser treatments, cellulite creams, diet pills and all lose-weight fads that are popping up every day. Do they work? Sadly, all this money is thrown away in a vain attempt to lose weight. We keep gaining weight for no reason. We keep dieting with little effect on our extra pounds. Unfortunately, stubborn fat and bloating are winning this battle. Sadness and depression settle in.  What is the problem? Is Lymphatic Yoga the answer for weight loss?

Well, the answer may be much simpler than what you expect! The problem is not as much what you eat but how you breathe. Wow!

The truth is that if you diet and do not breathe properly, you deprive yourself of the necessary fuel to burn and metabolize your meals. So, food is not properly processed and it’s stored in the body. Inevitably, you get fat.

Breathing, Yoga and Weight Loss

This may explain why Yogis – those who practice Yoga – are healthy, happy and have their weight under control! Weight loss appears not to be an issue for them.

The ancient practice of Yoga, beyond body exercises also includes more than 30 different types of breathing techniques. Breathing and oxygen create a chemical reaction that helps to dissolve fat and assimilate food nutrients during digestion.

Breathing techniques also improve circulation of the two main fluids of the body: lymph and blood. Improved circulation avoids stagnation and accumulation of both fat and metabolic waste in the body. Of course, it keeps your Lymphatic System doing its  job: moving, nourishing the cells, washing away the cells’ trash and mainly absorbing fat!  As a result, breathing techniques can keep you lean and your weight under control! And weight loss can become a reality.

There are three of the Yoga breathing techniques that can lead you to lose weight: diaphragmatic breathing (link), complete breathing and alternate nostril breath.

Most of us breathe very shallowly. The cause of this distorted and shallow breathing is mainly stress and tight clothes. Another cause of shallow breathing is the lack of knowledge that proper breathing happens in the bottom part of the lungs! If you’re not a trained singer, a swimmer or haven’t practice Yoga breathing techniques, you probably are a chest breather.

So, to change this daily poor breathing we need to retrain ourselves. We need to consciously breathe in the bottom of the lungs. The bottom of the lungs are bigger than the rest of the lungs. So, you can draw more oxygen and burn more fat when you breathe deeply. Deep breathing is called diaphragmatic breathing. Slow and deep diaphragmatic breathing can begin to change the merry go round of stubborn fat! And you become happy again!

Let’s practice!

After you get used to practicing the diaphragmatic breathing, you can ad a new breathing practice! The complete breath gently and slowly fills up the lungs with air. It draws the maximum amount of oxygen to the body. It pumps the lymph fluid all over the body.  So, you can burn more toxins and fat! The complete breath is a healing technique. It has three phases:

  1. Diaphragmatic breathing as before
  2. Middle chest breathing. After doing the first phase bring your hands to the ribs on the sides of your trunk and keep breathing to expand the ribs to the sides. Imagine your ribs opening like an accordion.
  3. Upper chest breathing. Gently and slightly lift both shoulders, bring your hands to the area of the collar bones and breathe in in the upper part of the lungs. Because the lungs are much smaller here, this third phase is very short in time.

After doing your diaphragmatic breathing practice, add 10 to 15 minutes of complete breath. Remember, there is no forcing or straining in any Yoga practice. Do a little less than what can be done. Less is more in Yoga.

Because breathing is free of charge you save money. You also get the desired results as you breathe your way to skinny! Happy breathing!

Stay tuned for more about practice, lymph knowledge and health!

Love, light and lymph!


Copyright 2013 Edely Wallace


“Muscle Movement Transports Lymph” by Professor Neil Piller

Muscle and Lymph Vessels

Muscle and Lymph Vessels

“One of the major issues in helping the lymphatics function optimally is to address the issue of balance between lymph load and transport. There are many ways in which lymph transport can be influenced, both positively and negatively.
In terms of loading the lymphatic system and improving the transport of fluids and their contents along it, an understanding of the structural and functional aspects of the lymphatic system is important. In terms of lymphoedemas, which are generally an epi fascial problem, the most important uptake vessels (called lymph capillaries or initial lymphatics) are located within the epifascial compartment, above the deep fascia which overlies the skeletal musculature.
Many of the larger collectors are located directly above this deep fascia, while the uptake capillaries are located through out it.
In order to facilitate entry of fluids and contents into the lymphatic system a variation in tissue pressure is necessary. At the cellular level this changes the tension on the filaments of the endothelial cells of the initial lymphatic capillaries, facilitating their opening and closing. Once the fluids and their contents are in the lymph capillaries the presence of functional valves ensure their movement along into the structural and functional unit of the lymphatic system – the lymphangion.
The two animations indicate the effect of the variation in tissue pressures brought about by vibration (as might occur through the use of a massage pad), manual lymphatic drainage techniques, efflourage and importantly what happens every time we move our muscles.
While we are not sure of the comparative benefits of all of these actions which vary tissue pressure, they all do so thus helping the loading of the lymphatic system and transport through it. The only difference between all of the above mentioned actions or techniques is the frequency of “vibration” , that is the change in the tissue pressures.
Observe the video and gain an understanding of how even something as simple as moving will help a lymphatic system.” ~ Professor Neil Piller – from The Journal of Lymphoedema