Join Sarah on the 27th October as the clocks go back to learn about the lymphatic system, and a series of yoga practices that can help boost immunity as we enter the coughs and colds season.
Q: Tell us a little about what to expect from your upcoming workshop on boosting immunity.
We will begin with a talk on the lymphatic system, learning how it works and offering practical ways to assist the flow of lymph to boost immunity. We will then move into a yang (dynamic) yoga practice, including pranayama to build heat and clear toxins from the body. The second half of the practice will focus on yin to help lymphatic drainage and stimulate the lymph nodes.
Q: What is the lymphatic system?
The lymph system is a circulatory system that runs through our body carrying the repair cells and removing cell debris. We have lymph nodes all over our body that help renew and refresh the lymphatic system. It’s rather like our central heating system - when the pipes are clear everything flows but when there are blockages we have stagnation and congestion. In our body this can present as headaches, energy depletion, headaches, inflammation, coughs and colds etc
Q: How do the differing yin and yang practices work to help the immune system?
The yang practice will boost our circulation and build up heat with plenty of twists that squeeze and compress our internal organs and tissues to help clear out toxins followed by the yin practice which, in this workshop, will focus on the parts of the body where the lymph nodes are.
Q: Tell us a little about the parasympathetic nervous system and how the relaxation at the end will help.
Our nervous system is in two parts - sympathetic (or “fight or flight”) which is when we’re in a state of stress. In the short term this can be a good thing to help us deal with perceived threats but long term the stress hormone cortisol (released during fight or flight) is not good for our immune health and can cause inflammation in the body. Ideally we want to be in a parasympathetic nervous state (or “rest and digest”) as in this state the body digests food, enters a relaxed state and can heal itself. Through slow conscious abdominal breathing we can move from the sympathetic to parasympathetic state. Yoga fits in wonderfully here with it’s emphasis on the breath and helping us learn how and where we hold pockets of tension in the body.
Q: What do you do besides yoga to help your immune system?
The foundations for a healthy immune system are good digestive health, movement and sleep - these all have a massive effect on our overall wellbeing and we will be looking at these too during the workshop along with how essential oils can also support healthy immunity.
Join Sarah on Saturday 27th October, 3:30-5:30pm at East of Eden - To book please visit edeneast.co.uk