20 Mar Online Yoga for Lymphoedema
Practice Yoga online, in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Private lessons available by appointment.
I have wanted to combine my experience as a Yoga Instructor with my experience as an MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) therapist for a couple of years now, but I never seemed to have the time to take it to the public, only giving tips and guidance to my own clients in my private clinic.
Enter a global pandemic – suddenly I find myself with the time to work on this project. And never have we needed it more!
Stress depletes the immune system, leaving us more vulnerable to the bugs that are doing the rounds. I’ve always described the lymphatic system as the engine of the immune system, as it plays a vital role in our body’s response to invaders such as viruses and bacteria, as well as waste management within the body. If you have a compromised lymphatic system, perhaps because some lymph nodes were removed or radiated as part of your cancer treatment plan, you may have noticed that swelling (or oedema) in the effected area increases, or flares up, in times of stress. Yep, it’s not just your imagination, it happens.
This condition or side-effect is called Lymphodema (or Lymphedema) and I’ve also seen people refer to it as MLD Disease, although this is a misunderstanding of the terms MLD and Lymphoedema. The condition can develop as a result of genetics too, not just after illness or surgery.
The right yoga class is a fantastic way to reduce stress, to calm the nervous system, and you guessed it… to boost your immune system. But what constitutes the right class?
Well, how does it sound to learn/practice yoga with an instructor with over 13 years of teaching experience, who also happens to be an MLD therapist with 12 years of experience? Someone who understands the complications of wearing compression garments. Someone who understands that increasing lymphatic flow is not enough – where is the lymph flowing to if you have lymph nodes missing from the body? Someone who understands how important deep diaphragmatic breathing is for your lymphatic system, and who understands that your body may feel a bit foreign to you right now.
Well please get in touch if you’d like to discuss a private lesson for you, or a workshop for you and some friends. This can take place virtually or in a dedicated outdoor space at the clinic in Clontarf. Quiz me before you commit, because it’s important that you trust me, my knowledge, my experience, before we go on this journey together. I get that.
We will practice breathing techniques, being present, connecting with our bodies in a meaningful and caring way, stretching, mobility, gently strengthening our limbs, and some meditation too.
I look forward to connecting with you.