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What Do YOU Want to Know?

Posted May 28th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

We’re curious – what kinds of things are you interested in reading about? Give us the topics and we’ll do all the legwork and research to bring you the info. Yoga pose questions? Healthy food inquiries? Meditation query? Just leave us a comment below with your ideas!

May Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted May 3rd, 2012 by Salina with No Comments

So, I’m a little late on the Challenge of the Month this time, but I suppose that’s what I get for trusting myself to write it; that’ll teach me! In my defense, I have not written the challenge yet because I was mostly doing it (that is, avoiding my computer and work).

This month we are challenging you to disconnect, unplug, and take a break from your electronic devices. As someone who is on the computer nearly everyday, with Facebook as my main source of world news, I know that you are thinking “Yeah right”, or something along those lines. Relax! Obviously we cannot all shutoff our computers and cell phones for a week expect our worlds to keep spinning. What we CAN do is choose at least one day (or even a half day) each week to shut off our phones, stay off the computer (games, facebook, work, etc), shut off your TV, iPod, gaming systems, ALL of it!

Tell your friends and family that on Fridays, for example, you will not be checking email or texting on your phone.
If you have a job that has you tied to your electronics all day everyday, thing about where you maybe able to cut back.
If you have to be available on your phone, try not to spend the day texting or reading news.

What can you do without your electronic devices?!
~ Get outside: hiking, biking, walking, chalk the sidewalks, kick a can
~ Spend time making crafts
~ Read a book
~ Write a book (or a poem, whatev!)
~ Take class
~ Go to the gym
~ Bake
~ Cook a fancy meal
~ Organize that closet (or room, or bookshelf) that you “have not had time for”

The possibilities are endless! Disconnect at least one day each week for the month of May; do it more often if you are able. When you plug back in, tell us what you did in your down time. Tell us how it felt for you – was it easy or difficult to be disconnected? What device is the most difficult for you to give up?

Beginning Meditation – My Monkey Brain

Posted April 24th, 2012 by Salina with No Comments


On March 30th, 2012, I began the Subtle Yoga(™) Teacher Training and Personal Transformation Program.

Among other things, one of the requirements of the program is twice daily meditation. Over the course of the first two months we (my fellow program participants and I) are required to meditate for at least ten minutes twice a day. After which time we have agreed to increase the meditation time to 15+ minutes twice daily.

After that first weekend I was nervous, but ready. Or so I thought. I knew that it would be tough making the time to meditate, but I figured this gives me a reason, an excuse, to get away from it all twice a day for at least ten minutes at a time. If life beckoned, I could say, “Hang on life, I HAVE to meditate – it’s for my class”! Yeah…not so much. The truth is, it was not even life keeping me away from it, at least half of the time, it was just me deciding I’d rather sit on the couch and watch Netflix at the end of the day then go meditate.

In the three weeks between our first weekend and this second one that just passed, I meditated only a few times. Mostly on Tuesday and Thursday mornings because I just started teaching a new class that has me up at 4am. It’s perfect. On those days I wake at 4, do my meditation, shower and prepare for work and head out the door. Since I am the only one awake in the house at that hour I am even able to observe one of the components of the Subtle Yoga (™) Program that we practice on our weekends together – Mona Brata, a practice of silence and inward reflection. From the time I wake at 4 until I get into work at 5:35am I don’t have to speak, it’s really quite nice!

We just had our second weekend together and I am feeling a renewed confidence in my ability to do my meditation twice each day. Last night I attempted to go to bed without doing the mediation and when I found myself unable to sleep and needing to because I had to get up at 4am, I dragged my butt out of the bed and did a little meditation.

This morning, 4am came way too soon and I was exhausted, so I switched up my routine a little by showering and getting dressed before sitting for my meditation, because I was sure I would fall asleep if I didn’t.

After I was dressed I set my timer for 12 minutes, found my comfortable, cross-legged position for meditation and began to bring my awareness to my breath. That’s cake, it’s how I start every yoga class. Feel my sit bones in the floor, become aware of my breath, got it.

The next step was to begin to count my breath, if my mind wanders or my thoughts take over I am to “gently corral” my thoughts and come back to counting. After counting for 2-3 mins, I will begin to use my mantra. The mantra is a phrase that has meaning for me that I repeat to myself with my breath to focus my attention during my meditation. That’s what the process looks like on paper, this is what it looks like in my head when the “monkey brain” kicks in:

[Inhaling] One…two…three…four…[sniff] what is that smell? [sniff, sniff] I’m not counting. [Exhaling] one…two…three..four…smells kinda like…ignore it…five…six [inhaling] one…two…three…four…five…is that cat pee? Did that damn cat pee somewhere? Seriously how am I supposed to sit here and meditate if I think I smell cat pee? I should just sniff around and make sure she did not pee on the floor. NO, you are meditating, deal with it later. Corral, corral! One…two…three..four…five…six. I can switch to my mantra soon. One…two…three…four…I should start keeping a meditation journal on the website, people might like to know that meditation can be challenging for everyone in the beginning. If they could only hear what goes on in my head…I seriously smell pee, if I find pee on the floor I may kill that cat! One…two..three…oh I’m on my mantra now…mantra…mantra…mantra…seriously is it ten minutes yet, I don’t know how much longer I can do this. Just breathe Lina and wait for the timer…Ok, mantra…mantra…mantra…no, I need to know…[peek at timer] Ugh! three more minutes…mantra…man, the babysitter is coming today and the house is a mess…

That’s just a fraction of what goes through my head in 10 minutes, but tomorrow’s another day so I will keep trying. No wait, tonight, yes, I AM meditating tonight – really!

So, if you’re interested, stop in and see how I’m doing, I’ll keep you posted. And feel free to share your meditation stories, experiences, and tips with me, I’d like the company.

~ Lina

Spring Cleaning: A More Natural Approach

Posted April 5th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Ah, the smell of a clean house. Smells like…nothing? In my house, that’s pretty much the case except maybe a hint of lemon or vinegar. I make most of my own cleaners and the few I don’t make don’t really have much of an odor. With an overly sensitive sense of smell (me) and allergies to just about everything (the kids and hubs), I like to keep the stink down, even if its a “good” stink.

So what do I use to clean up around here? My homemade cleaning arsenal consists of microfiber cloths, vinegar, baking soda, borax, washing soda, lemons, soap, and hydrogen peroxide (and I’m not going to lie – I still use some things that aren’t the best eco option, but I’m getting there).

Here’s what I use around my house:

Microfiber cloths: I use these for all kinds of things – wiping down the counters, dry dusting, soaking up spills, and as reusable floor sweeper pads. You can save some money by finding them in the automotive care aisle in bulk.

Vinegar: This is a very versatile cleaning tool. It’s a natural deodorizer and don’t worry, the smell disappears when it dries!

Undiluted, I use it to clear out hard water that clogs my shower heads and faucets. I just take a baggie, pour in some vinegar, put it over the faucet or shower head and hold it on with a rubber band. I let it sit overnight and then in the morning take off the baggie and run some hot water through. It works well in my dishwasher as a rinse aid and I also use it in my laundry as a natural fabric softener. I pour it into the little softener dispenser in my machine, but you can also just use a cup in the rinse cycle as well.

Mixed with water, its a great all-purpose spray for just about everything in the kitchen and bathroom. I use a 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water mix in a spray bottle to clean my counters, stove, cabinets, sink, fridge, and floors. In the bathroom I use it as a daily spray to keep the hard water and soap scum to a minimum. I also use it on the mirrors and windows.

Baking soda: This is another multi-tasker in the cleaning arsenal. I’m sure most people know its a great deodorizer for the fridge and freezer, but its also great for gentle scouring, clearing drains, and cleaning the toilet. Clean your oven by making a paste of baking soda and water to use instead of the harsh, smelly oven cleaners. If the oven’s really dirty, leave the paste on overnight and wipe it off in the morning with a sponge.

Remember science class? Ever make an erupting volcano? If not, here’s your chance – pour some baking soda into the toilet, scrub around the bowl with your toilet brush and then pour in some vinegar and watch the fizz! Let it sit for about 5 minutes, do a final swish with the brush, and flush. You can use the same process to clear your drains as well – pour in baking soda, let it sit, follow with a few cups of hot water, then vinegar, and a few more cups of hot water. I will admit it’s not as quick and easy as the chemical-laden stuff – sometimes it takes repeating the process a few times.

Borax and washing soda: I make my own laundry detergent. It’s a whole lot easier than you’d think – really. I use Borax and washing soda (not baking soda), which can both be found in the laundry section of your store, in equal amounts combined with a bar of Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap. I haven’t really seen a difference in the cleaning power between the different soap brands, it was just what I had available at the time. I’ve also haven’t noticed any big differences in the cleanliness of my laundry after switching from the conventional brands. If the laundry needs an extra boost of deodorizing, I also sprinkle in some baking soda.

I’ve also tried using borax and washing soda in to make dishwasher detergent, but I wasn’t thrilled with the results. I may have my ratios off – I did 50/50, but my dishes felt gritty and looked hazy. I still haven’t found an alternative detergent for the dishwasher that cleans my dishes well enough, so I’m using a conventional product at the moment.

Lemons: These little citrus fruits not only make tasty beverages, they also make great cleaning tools! I use a salted lemon to clean the copper items I have in my home. I also use it in my shower to clean the spots that build up on the faucet and knobs. Although I’ve never tried it personally, I know people who have had luck getting stains out of their whites by soaking the stain in lemon juice and putting it out in the sun to dry.

This last one might be a “duh” one, but its something that people often overlook just because there are so many cleaning options out there – how about soap? Just make sure to check the kind that you use to make sure it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.

So, now that you know what I use – what do you use? Have any tips or tricks to share? Please leave a comment below!

February Valentine’s Day Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted February 14th, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

So how did everyone do with last month’s yoga pose challenge? We joined Yoga Journal’s 21-day Challenge and I can definitely say that I learned a new pose or six! It also included adding vegetarian meals and meditating daily, which leads us to the focus of our challenge this month – meditation.

This being the month associated with love, we’re going to introduce you to metta bhavana, or loving-kindness meditation, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Meditation is a way to extend your thoughts and focus a little more deeply. We are going to extend this day-by-day until you can do the entire meditation.

In order to truly benefit from meditation, your body must be as relaxed as possible. Either sit or lie in a comfortable position and focus on your breath for about 30 seconds. Starting with your feet, tense the muscles for five seconds and then release, counting to ten. Continue upward – calves, thighs, glutes, stomach, chest, hands, arms, and finally face.

Now that you’re feeling less tense, it’s time to begin the first day of meditation focusing on self-love. Find a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down and begin to focus on your breath, specifically from your chest, or your “heart center.” Breath slowly, through the nose. Start by thinking kind and loving thoughts about yourself. Let go of all of the negativity and judgement you have towards yourself and focus on the feeling of loving yourself. When you feel the warmth and love throughout your body, recite these words, either in your head or aloud:

May I be well
May I be healthy
May I be strong
May I be happy
May I be at peace
May I feel loved

Come back to your breath. Breathe in slowly through the nose, breathe out through the mouth. Feel the love you’ve given to yourself radiating out to the world. Shift your focus away from your breath and feel yourself back in the present moment. When you are ready, open your eyes.

The second day of the meditation will begin exactly like the first, with the love of yourself. Once you’ve come back to focus on your breath, think of someone you admire or respect, like a teacher or someone who’s had a positive effect on you. Envision sharing the warmth and love you feel with that person. Then, repeat the mantra again, picturing that person.

May you be well
May you be healthy
May you be strong
May you be happy
May you be at peace
May you feel loved

Come back to the breath again to complete the meditation.

For the third and subsequent days, you’ll continue this pattern, adding one new focus each day:

Day Three: Someone you easily love – a dear friend, family member, even a pet

Day Four: An acquaintance – someone you don’t know very well personally, someone relatively neutral

Day Five: A person or a group you have difficulty with, who makes you upset or angry – this may be a more difficult one to feel the love for, but this is a good way to “turn the other cheek” and give yourself a positive mindset

Day Six: All living things – radiate the loving feeling to everyone and everything

This meditation is not about “getting through it.” Truly envision the love you are trying to send out into the world. If you are having difficulty, go back a day or even to the beginning. Make the feeling of warmth and love the focus of your meditative time.

January Reader’s Challenge of the Month

Posted January 1st, 2012 by Linda with No Comments

Welcome to a new year and, for January’s Reader’s Challenge, a new pose!

If you’re just starting your yoga practice, try the Tree Pose. Vrksasana is an excellent posture to help with balance. It requires focus to maintain proper alignment and builds strength in the legs and ankles as well as helps to increase flexibility in the hips.

For the more experienced yogis, find a new pose to try or, you can work on a posture that you feel needs more attention. Perhaps inversions are difficult for you – try working on your handstand. A more advanced pose for balance and core strength might be Bakasana (Crane pose).

Can’t think of any poses you’d like to try? Look for some videos on YouTube, check out a book from your local library, try a new class – you’re sure to find something new and enlightening.

We’d love to hear how you’re doing with the Reader’s Challenge this month so please leave a comment to let us know how you’re doing!

Reader’s Challenges Begin In January 2012!

Posted December 22nd, 2011 by Salina with No Comments

Hey Everyone, we are so excited to finally get the website up and running! We have big plans beginning in the New Year, which is only days away.

One new element that we are most looking forward to is our monthly Reader’s Challenge. Every month we will pose a challenge to our readers both here, at salinahornak.com, as well as on Facebook for which we encourage you to share your results, insights, and thoughts throughout the month.

Danskin Now Yoga Blocks and Strap Kit, Complete with Cancer Warning?

Posted July 25th, 2011 by Salina with No Comments

While preparing for a recent prenatal yoga class I realized that although I have quite a few extra mats lying around to offer to students who needed them, I only have two yoga blocks. I was expecting six students in a class including both expectant moms and dads and thought it would be wise to have blocks available to all students. The class was two weeks away when I made this realization and decided that I was not going have enough time to order blocks online from a wholesaler and be sure that they arrived before the class.

So, being the fantastic procrastinator that I am, a few days before the class while cruising Walmart with the family I ran off to check the workout aisle for yoga blocks. I was in luck! I spotted the Danskin Now Yoga Block and Strap Kit, $10.77. It included 2 blocks and 1 strap (which I didn’t really need but who can’t use an extra strap?). I grabbed two packages and headed to the electronics section to locate my husband and show off my sweet find.

The blocks arrived home in their plastic Walmart bag and were placed in a corner in the living room where they remained until approximately 10 minutes before I was heading out the door to teach the aforementioned class (procrastinator, remember?). I placed my 2 old blocks into my duffle bag, retrieved a package of new blocks from their corner, tore the package open, tossed the strap aside and as I was putting the blocks in the duffle two little pieces of paper floated out from between the blocks. One paper was the manufacture’s limited warranty – junk, tossed it aside – the other said “Warning”. So I took a second to read it (even though the warnings are usually something along the lines of, “this yoga block is not intended for building houses and we are not responsible if you build your house with it and the house falls down”). Imagine my surprise to find that the first of two warnings said:

“This product contains a chemical that is known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

WHAT?! I won’t bore you with the list of profanities I spewed after reading that right before I needed to head out the door. My first though was, “How the heck can they sell this if it causes cancer and just stick a piece of paper in there?” Then I read it again, “…known to the state of California…” why is California the only state that knows? I looked at it one more time, “…birth defects and other reproductive harm.” Yeah, I won’t be using these for my PRENATAL class tonight!

As I tossed the blocks and all the paper work back in the bag, with plans to return them to the store – thanks but, no thanks on the cancer blocks – I decided that I needed to research this a little bit more and that this might be a great thing to share on the site. If I had seen that warning sooner, I would not have bought the blocks in the first place maybe others would like to know before they buy.

Here’s what I found:
A Google search of the product name revealed little more then the fact that the blocks come in colors other then the green ones that I had purchased. Reviews on websites that sold the products were good, 4 and 5 stars. I started to wonder if I was crazy, does no one else care that these are “cancer blocks”?

But, with a little more digging I found a couple of posts on public forums about this warning. The general opinion of responders seemed to be that California is warning-crazy and that unless you were planning to eat the blocks there really is no danger. I was not really convinced, what do these people know, they are not experts, they are just regular people. So the search went on.

Then I came upon a similar warning on a website selling Natural Bamboo Yoga Blocks. It read:

California Prop 65 Required Warning Statement For Products Made Of Wood: Drilling, sawing, sanding, or machining wood products generates wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. (Required as of Dec. 18th, 2010.)

Okay, that warning seems a little extreme considering that I would be the purchaser of the block and not the creator of the block. However, California Prop. 65, that was what I had been searching for.

What is California Prop 65? It is California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Apparently the Act was created to protect the water and the citizens of California from and inform them of exposure to chemicals that are known to cause cancer and birth defects or reproductive harm. Under this act, the Governor of California is required to publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity at least once per year. For more information on Prop 65, click here.

Although I find the warning about wood dust a little excessive, I’m not convinced that these blocks are safe. Perhaps if I had a list of the chemicals used in the creation of this block, or at least the chemical(s) in question, I could do the research and draw my own conclusion. In the meantime, I’m gonna go ahead and take California’s word for it and return these blocks to Walmart.

Now the hunt begins for yoga blocks free of carcinogenic chemicals!

What are the different types of yoga?

Posted July 5th, 2011 by Salina with No Comments

Q “What are the different types of yoga and what makes each of them unique?” -Anonymous

A There are many different types of yoga and many variations within these types. I don’t think that I could list every variation and what makes each unique, in fact, I’m sure I don’t even know every variation that exists, but I can tell you about some of the more common types.

Most often you will hear people refer to Hatha yoga. This is a very general term that refers to the physical practice of yoga or asana.

Vinyasa is a type of yoga in which the movements are synchronized to the breath. In this type of class the movements will flow together from one posture to another, you may also see it listed as a “Flow” class. No matter what level, in this type of class you will likely be moving most of the time.

Ashtanga yoga is Sanskrit for “The Eight Limbs of Yoga.” This is a style that uses four main concepts that, with practice, are believed will help the student achieve all eight limbs of yoga. These concepts include Ujjayi (victorious) Breath, Bandhas – the internal energy “locks” that control the flow of prana (life-force; breath), Vinyasa, and Drishti, which is a point of gaze or focus. Ashtanga teaches vinyasa in a progressive sequence of postures broken down into 3 parts Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced. The foundation of the entire series is Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) a sequence of movements that are the basis for any Ashtanga practice. As with any vinyasa class, there will be movement throughout and this constant movement will build heat within the body and you will likely work up a sweat.

Bikram yoga is a sequence of 26 specific postures performed in a room heated to 105°F with 40& humidity. The 26 poses are said to work every part of the body and give every part of the body everything that is needed to maintain health and proper function. Hot yoga is a variation on this type of yoga, where asana is performed in a heated room but often at a lower temperature (80′s or 90′s) and, from my experience, they are not performing the 26 poses of Birkram. If you are planning to take a hot yoga class, make sure that you drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the class and after class and bring a towel.

Yin yoga is a type of yoga designed to work the deep connective tissues and joints (yin tissues) of the body. According to yinyoga.com this type of yoga will allow “new depths in postures, deeper ranges of motion, or and increased flow of energy…” This is a slower paced yoga where poses are held for five minutes at a time. Because the postures are held so long, there are obviously not as many postures performed within a practice session. Also, because the target is the deep “yin” areas of the body, there are not as many postures to practice overall in the yin style. This type of class can be deeply relaxing, opening, and challenging.

Some other popular styles that you might like to look into include Power yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Anusara yoga.

The styles I have mentioned above are only a drop the vast ocean of available types and methods of yoga. In addition, there is huge variation among teachers which is determined by their level of education as well as their personal styles of teaching and communicating; i.e., a class with a teacher who is certified and has trained for many months or years can vary greatly from one with a teacher who has only taken a few workshops.

If you are trying to decide what type of class to take, the best advice I can give is try a few different classes or videos in the varying methods. If you are looking into classes, check out websites or call places in your area. A lot of studios offer community classes at a discount or by donation. If you are looking at videos, check out your local library or online for free options.

A word of caution when finding information online, for as many good sources that are out there, there are at least as many poor ones. With any video, photos, or even in a class, use your common sense and listen to your body (if something is painful, don’t do it) and ask questions! Don’t assume that because someone is a yoga teacher that that they know everything or are always right. There are so many varieties out there because the same thing is not always right for each of us. The best way to find what is right for you is to try it out!

Poses to help lymph drainage?

Posted June 15th, 2011 by Salina with No Comments

Q “Do you know of any old lady poses to help lymph drainage, especially in the legs and to stimulate the spleen? My workout has become very limited as I have gotten very stiff in the past year.” -Patty A. in South Florida.

A Let’s begin with the second part of your question regarding stimulation of the spleen, since that will be the shorter answer. Spinal twists are beneficial for the spleen and other internal organs. This is because when you are twisting your torso the blood flow becomes restricted in the compressed area. When the twist is released fresh blood rushes into the tissues and organs on that previously restricted side. This blood rushing through the area can help flush out old blood and toxins that may have been collecting here. Side bending postures are beneficial as well, for the same reason.

Now, lets talk about the part of your question regarding lymph drainage in the legs. Because it flows in only one direction with no organs acting as pumps to help it get where it is going, lymph moves through the body slowly. It is pushed along by outside pressure on the structures of the lymphatic system, pressure such as muscle contractions, pressure changes within the body, and physical manipulation of the tissues. Which makes both yoga and massage good options for helping to move this fluid through the body.

When there is a build up fluid in the legs it may be a result of muscular inactivity, which can be caused by traveling, sitting for long periods without getting up to move around, etc.* Doing calf stretches throughout the day or on longs trips when you are unable to move around can keep the fluid moving in the right direction. Do this by flexing your ankles; reach the toes toward the shins and then pointing the toes toward the floor.

The poses listed below are great for helping drain fluid in the legs. A regular yoga practice, stretching, or exercise routine even for a few minutes a day can help keep the fluid moving and prevent the buildup of fluid in the future.

Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose), lie on the floor with one side of your body close to a wall. Bend your knees, placing the soles of your feet on the floor. Bring your attention to your breath. When you are ready extend the leg that is closest to the wall up and then the other as you use your arms to turn your upper body away from the wall and your legs toward it. Your sits bones may not be right up against the wall and that is okay. Extend your legs up, with your feet toward the ceiling, and let them rest against the wall. Extend your arms out to the sides keeping them aligned with your shoulder joints. Think about lengthening through your spine from your tail bone through the crown of your head. Bring your focus to your breath and stay here for a minimum of 5 minutes, working up to 10 or 15 minutes when comfortable.

Salamba Savasana (supported corpse pose), find a stable chair to place your calves on while in Savasana. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor. Lift your feet off the floor resting the backs of your calves on the seat of the chair. Relax your arms down by your sides, palms facing up to the ceiling. Focus on your breath and try to relax more with each exhalation. Feel yourself sinking deeper into the floor. Remember to keep your jaw and face relaxed as well. If the chair is too much elevation for your legs, try using pillows and/or blankets to elevate the feet and legs. Elevation will help the lymph drain from the legs.

As I mentioned above, massage can also help move lymph through the vessels.
Here are some steps for massaging yourself that may help move the lymph along:

  • Begin at the bottom of your thigh by placing one hand on either side of your leg, just above the knee, with your thumbs meeting on top and your fingers toward the sides.
  • Use a “milking” action to squeeze your thigh; slowly working your hands up the thigh toward your hip.
  • Bring your hands back to the base of the thigh at the knee, separate your hands a little bit and work the hands up on either side of the thigh again, squeezing as you go.
  • Continue this action beginning at the knee and working up the thigh, separating the hands a little more each time, until you have gone all the way around the thigh.
  • Repeat this action on the calf, working from the ankle up to the knee.
  • Finally, repeat these steps as you work all the way up the leg from the toes to the pelvis.

When doing this, it is important to start with the thigh and work your way down the leg in sections as described; this opens the pathway for the fluid. If you were to being at the foot and work up the leg without working the area above first, the fluid you were attempting to work out of the foot would be blocked by the in the calf fluid above.

Having a full body massage or performing regular self-massage will help put pressure on the lymph vessels and will keep the lymphatic system flowing. Even the simple act of breathing encourages the movement of lymph through the body. The change in pressure within the abdomen and torso is enough to push the fluid along. So, any breathing exercises are a great way to keep the lymph moving as well as to help you relax and relieve stress!

* Swelling and fluid buildup can sometimes be a result of a more serious issue. I am not a doctor or a medical professional and my statements are my opinions based on my education and research and are in no way intended to replace or override the advice of a medical professional.

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