Lets face it, we really don't know much about this system. Seems like its just simply ignored by most AP classes in general. BUT it is very important and in yoga we can surely have a wonderful effect on health and well being.
The lymphatic system helps the body with fluid exchange from the blood vessels, absorbs and transports fats, and removes pathogens. It works when we move. No movement, no worky. The lymph vessels run alongside the blood vessels in the cardiovascular system. These small vessels contain lymphatic fluid that circulates when the body moves, since there is no organ pumping the fluid through like the heart in the circulatory system. Obviously this is just another reason that it is so very important to move the body. Disease can be removed from the body with a healthy functioning lymphatic system.
The lymph fluid flows through the lymph vessels to the lymph nodes These nodes are found in many places throughout the body, take a look at the picture below. The lymph nodes encapsulate the toxins or foreign pathogens and remove them from the body through sweat or excretion. Lymph nodes can become swollen and sensitive when they are dealing with these toxins, makes sense doesn't it? Lymph nodes are in the area of the throat, armpit, and inguinal area.
The spleen helps the lymph system by functioning as a large lymph node and filtering out toxins. The thymus produces lymph cells called lymphocytes that support the lymph organs. Who knew?
Another fun and educational tidbit: try dry brushing. It's known to be a wonderful addition to maintaining a healthy lymphatic system.
Kitchari is pretty easy to make, healthy and mild on the stomach.
Some choices for a unique blend:
1/2 cup basmati rice
1 cup mung dal (split yellow)
6 cups (approx.) water
1/2 to 1 inch ginger root grated
Salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. ghee
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
1 and 1/2 cups vegetables of your choice(optional)
Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash each separately in at least 2 cleanings of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables of your choice. Cut them into small pieces. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.
In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve.
Debbie Krejci E-RYT 500
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