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Pisces rules the feet and lymphatic system.
Prana vayu : vyana // Ayurvedic dosha : kapha
Find a place, preferably outdoors, where you can walk on a path or in a circular/spiral fashion without being disturbed by other people or loud noises. Start in samasthiti, mountain pose. Fill your entire body with deep breath. Walk slowly, leading with the heels and ending each step by pressing fully into the toes and ball of the foot. Notice where and how your feet connect to the Earth.
This breathing exercise is a light-centered meditation originating in Tibetan monastery tradition. It’s really quite simple and involves more visualization than breath regulation. With eyes closed in a comfortable seated or reclined position, breathe deeply and evenly through the nose. As you breathe, visualize white light entering through the nostrils and filling the lungs. Each breath makes the light grow brighter and more expansive. See this light wrap around the heart, stretch out to the shoulders, down the arms and into the belly. Let the light encapsulate your entire body and its periphery. Love to you.
- samasthiti (mountain pose)
- navasana (boat pose) followed immediately by purvottanasana (reverse plank pose)
- baddha konasana (cobbler pose) – while you’re here, give yourself a foot massage!
- matsyasana (fish pose)
- savasana (corpse pose)
For immune health: Try the neti pot. Salt water rinsing for the nostrils, to be done first thing in the morning as prescribed by Ayurvedic medicine. This practice prevents the spread of bacteria in the sinuses which cause sickness – this is where microbes gather first!
Draining the lymphatic system: This must be done manually through practices such as yoga because the lymphatic system does not have its own “pump” to allow proper flow and drainage (the heart takes care of this in the circulatory system, for example). Below are some ways in which you can assist your body in this process.
empty coat sleeves (from the Kripalu school of yoga) – stand with your feet a little wider than hip-distance and twist from side to side, allowing your arms to swing so that they slap opposite shoulders and underneath the armpits where many lymph nodes are located. Don’t be afraid to really let them fly! When twisting to the right, lift the left foot; then switch, lifting the right foot, twisting to the left.
viparita karani (legs up the wall)
sarvangasana (shoulder stand)
Don’t forget to treat yourself to a pedicure :)