The lymph fluid of our immune system is mostly water. We have an elimination system to help our bodies release toxins. We go to the restroom to eliminate toxins, but we also breathe out toxins and sweat out toxins. These systems all require water to work. Moving our lungs in a bigger way is a great means to eliminate toxins. This can be done through exercise like dancing or by taking in deep breaths during meditation or yoga.
Unlike the circulatory system that has a heart to pump our blood to our lungs for purification, our immune system has no pump except movement of the muscles and joints. By moving and contracting our muscles, we squeeze our lymph fluid to our lymph nodes and keep stagnation and inflammation at bay. When we reach up with our arms, we help our immune system clean our armpit lymph nodes. That’s why it’s so good to reach out rather than to keep our arms always close to our bodies.
The way we carry ourselves is important to our overall well-being. A confident person has good posture and good body mechanics. In my chair-based exercise classes, we often stand beside the chair and practice walking properly. We are wired neurologically like an X. The right brain controls the left side of the body and vice-versa. When we walk, this same pattern happens. The right hand and shoulder come forward when the left leg steps forward, causing a small twist below the
It was only ten degrees yesterday morning. One fourth of my early morning SilverSneakers class at Active Sports Complex in St. Albans showed up. I learned this circle balancing act at The Retreat WV last weekend, taught by Bunmi Kisimo. By making a circle of energy, we formed a community so that even the frailest of students could lift their legs and do tree pose. We also practiced nose breathing and humming on the exhale at different pitches to vibrate our chest, throat,