I am often asked which exercises I suggest to support the results of Lymphatic Yoga. I have a short list of favorites. Of course, choosing the right form of exercise could be the difference between helping or damaging our Lymphatic System. So, after Lymphatic Yoga, the absolute favorites that I have found and tested to be the most beneficial to your Lymphatic System are Walking and Swimming.
Walking is a two part process that takes a bit of practice. While walking encourages the Lymph to flow without damaging the Lymphatic System, it requires proper Diaphragmatic breathing to help to move lymph fluid and release the toxins from the blood (dumped by Lymph flow) into the lungs. Your exhalation expels those toxins from your lungs. To get the best results, the combination of both muscle movement and diaphragmatic breathing is vitally important. During Lymphatic Yoga you are taught, guided and reminded to do your Diaphragmatic breathing with the proper movements. With walking you must consciously train yourself to do this. You will be rewarded greatly from the first time you try this. The results are felt instantly.
Swimming is a bit different because the breath work is done almost automatically. As you swim your body will very quickly realize that it must take the deepest breath possible when you come up for air. There is not much thinking about it because efficiency and survival take over. As you move in the water, you are “gently” but strongly using most muscles in your body. At the same time that you are engaging those muscles, you are holding a very deep diaphragmatic breath. This is an instinctual rhythm and you do not need to be a great swimmer to do this. Choose a stroke that fits you the best out of these three: Front Crawl (Freestyle), Breaststroke or the Butterfly. Start off with 15 minutes if you are a beginner.
My wish for you today is that you are able to enjoy one of these 3 exercises, and with mindful breath.
Happy Lymph Flow!