There is a little gland called thymus located in the center of our chest. What’s its role, and why is it important to stimulate it with yoga?
The vast majority of people has never heard of the thymus gland, a little organ situated at the center of our chest. It has a very important function: it “trains” the lymphocytes produced by the spinal cord. Once they move into the thymus gland, they turn into lymphocytes T.
They are immune system cells which learn how to fight the antigens entering our body. Considered its fundamental role, it is clear why it is fundamental to keep this gland active.
Moreover, we need to know that this organ is highly active during adolescence, then it slowly decline, becoming very little. Some yoga exercises allow us to let it start working again even after this period.
Thymus stimulation and yoga
Yoga highly recognize the importance of this organ. Since it is very close to our heart, it is related to the fourth chakra, the one of cardiac plexus.
There are different positions (asana) which help stimulating and reactivating the thymus. Let’s find out together which ones they are!
The first one is the cobra pose(Bhujangasana). Lay flat on your stomach and lift just your head and shoulders, placing your hands on the floor, next to your chest. At the same time, tense your buttocks and keep your leg stretched.
From this position, you can easily pass to the bow pose (Dhanurasana). Lay down on your stomach, then grasp your feet and lift your legs and chest, forming the shape of a bow with your body.
How to reinforce your thymus
The third position is the fish pose (Matyasana). Lay on your back, with your legs united and your head on the floor. Then, arch your back as much as you can, lifting your chest and leaving your head on the floor.
The Utrasana, or camel pose, is another asana which can help you activate your thymus gland. From a kneeling position, form a right angle with your calves and thighs. Then, bend your head backwards and move your chest forward. In the meanwhile, try and put the palm of your hands on your ankles.
The last position is Virabhadrasana, or warrior pose. From a standing position, bend one leg in a right angle, while the other one is stretched backwards. Keep your bust stretched and rise your arms in the air, uniting your hands above your head.
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ultimo aggiornamento: 20-03-2019