Healthy lymph flow is a key component of a strong immune system, and fortunately yoga asana can help that flow. Unlike the circulatory system, which is driven by the pump of the heart, the lymphatic system depends on gravity as well as on tissues contracting to squeeze fluid through its vessels. This makes yoga poses like twists, forward folds, side bends, and inversions the perfect tools to boost lymph flow.
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We are drawn to our yoga practice for many reasons—spiritual, mental, energetic, and physical. Perhaps you’ve not yet considered the impact of yoga on circulation, but improved lymph flow is a worthwhile goal of its own. Because the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump, it is particularly vulnerable to stagnation and benefits hugely from the ways we use yoga asana to stretch, squeeze, and alter our relationship to gravity. And as our first line of defense against disease, maintaining a healthy lymphatic system feels particularly relevant right now.
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