Yoga for Healthy Breasts
By Shakta Kaur Khalsa
Your lymph responds to breath and movement. The moment I understood this, a sense of excitement and elation came over me. The reason is that I practice, teach and write about Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Kundalini yoga is all about breath and movement. So for many years now, my enthusiasm for a healthy lymph system has dovetailed with my enthusiasm for Kundalini yoga. Here are some wonderful yoga exercises to stimulate the proper function of your lymph for healthy breast maintenance.
Reach for Health:
1. Sit on your heels. If needed, for the comfort of your knees, place a firm pillow between your buttocks and legs. Make your hands into fists with your thumbs inside and bring the arms by your sides, with the elbows pulled back.
2. Powerfully extend one arm forward on a deep inhale. As your arm extends its full length, open your fingers as though you were grasping something. Then close them quickly with the thumb inside. At the same time, snap the arm powerfully back to the side of your body as you exhale strongly. Repeat with the other arm and continue the pattern for one to two minutes. The powerful movement of the arms, coupled with the forceful breath is similar to a martial arts exercise. The snapping back movement activates the lymph and breast tissue.
Frog Pose: (Video Demonstration)
1. While standing, bring your heels together with your toes turned outward. Squat down with your heels slightly off the ground. Bring your hands to the floor, arms inside the spread knees. Straighten your spine as much as possible in this squatting position, keeping the heels together
2. Inhale and straighten the legs, bringing the head as close to the knees as you can. The hands remain on the floor. Exhale and return to the squatting position. Continue for one minute. Then relax.
Here is an “easy-does-it” version of Frog Pose:
1. Bend over and bring your hands to your shins with your knees straight, but not locked. Exhale and bend your knees as much as possible without straining, and come into a semi-squatting position. Inhale as you straighten your legs and bring your head as close to your knees as possible. Maintain the hand position on the shins as you continue for one minute.
This exercise stimulates the lymph in the armpit area, and around the upper inside of the legs. It also rebalances the body’s internal energy system, bringing balance between the head and the heart.
Other postures that benefit the lymph/breast area are Bow Pose, Cobra Pose, and Shoulder Stand.