Monthly Archives: August 2015

“wow! what a class!” – Healthy Lymph Workshop Feedback and Afterthoughts

lymph (lĭmf) n.
2. Archaic A spring or stream of pure, clear water.
[Latin lympha, water nymph, from Greek numphē, young bride, water nymph.]
a small stream.
“wow! what a class! Brooke, that was an amazing workshop… I left feeling that I wanted to go to a few more lymph workshops, or a series so that I could integrate this practice more into my own daily life. I really felt that I didn’t know what I was there to learn, that I was following an intuition to be there, and that I was generally disconnected with my lymphatic system, poor overlooked and overworked system, no more! Whatever happened in there was kind of mysterious… The exercises were subtle and yet I felt worked. I went really deep in the savasana, I felt so much more integrated with all levels of being: physical, mental, emotional and the subtle body. Thank you for all of the print outs, I had no idea that there is such a subtle intercellular path for clearing toxins.
Thank you for helping us to awaken our lymphatic systems and for awakening us to supporting it. You inspire me!” -JH

I have just discovered a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson called The Brook. It is about the transience of human life and the eternity within which life flows.

The Brook

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip’s farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

HEALTHY LYMPH Workshop Notes

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Listening to the Whispers (Tias Little)


Our Biography Becomes Our Biology

What are you affirming mentally and with actions today?





Contract, Relax, Breathe Deeply – Move it!

Swollen lymph nodes.

There are over 600 lymph nodes in the body. Many are found right under the jaw line and around the throat, in the underarms, and on both sides of the groin, as well as in many other places in the body.

You can tell they are swollen by feeling, but prodding and feeling too much can irritate the lymph nodes and cause the swelling to worsen.

Swollen lymph nodes are generally viewed as a signal that the body is:

At work fighting some sort of infection (this may include various types of bacteria, viruses such as in the common cold, and some parasites, etc.).

That it is fighting invasions of foreign items (an example would be allergies to any number of possible allergic responses along with the inflamed cells that are transported to the nodes).

That it is busy breaking down excessive metabolites and toxins that have been produced in other bodily locations and transported to these nodes.

That there is the possibility of a major disease as would be the case in some cancers.

By far, the greatest number of problems causing swollen lymph nodes can be tied to one of the first three possibilities listed above.

What is lymph?

Lymph is the interstitial fluid that is found between the cells of the body. The portion that is not picked up by the cells and the venous system enters the lymph vessels and is transported through at least one lymph node before it is ultimately returned to the blood stream at the right or left subclavian veins. At that point it mixes with the blood again.

Inflammation from bacteria, allergens, heavy metals, molds, fungi, chemicals, transfats, parasites and stress

Inflammation is lymph mounting defenses. Support skin, kidneys, liver, bladder, small and large intestine for proper elimination.

Mucous production is an immune response.

Notice and avoid foods that produce mucous.

Lymph picks up:



fats from the digestive system

other metabolic wastes of cell metabolism

any other foreign objects

These items are then transported to the lymph nodes where they are dealt with.

The System.

The lymphatic system can be divided into two systems.

The first system consists of the thymus and bone marrow where the immune cells form and develop.

The second lymph system consists of encapsulated and unencapsulated diffuse lymphoid tissues. The spleen and lymph nodes are encapsulated and the gut associated lymphoid tissues and the tonsils are unencapsulated.

We won’t go on with that because this page is about swollen lymph nodes and it is at these encapsulated clusters of cells where a major part of the immune activities of the body takes place.

The less waste to dump, the better


Clean, organic, local, seasonal

Avoid simple sugars, carbs, deep fried foods, rancid oils, shellfish, nightshades

Avoid heavy metals – mercury (cilantro and sunflower seeds are antidotes)

Try colon cleanses and cleansers


Purified water/ Half your weight in ounces per day

Red Foods! Berries, beets, pomegranates, cranberries. Beets thin bile, responsible for 80% of immune response in the gut; regulates stool; digests good fat; rids bad fat; scrubs villi of gut where digestive lymph originates (



pumpkin and sunflower seeds

chia, hemp, flax

Warming spices: Turmeric, ginger, cardamom, coriander, black pepper, etc.

Seaweed – kelp, spirulina, nori, wakame, chlorella, dulse (

Proteolytic enzymes – between meals

Red clover, cleavers, manjista, bupleurum, rehmannia


Liver: Taraxacum; sulphur; Chelidonium; Carduus marianus.     Kidney: Kali bic; solidago; Juniperis; berberis.     Lymphatic: Pulsatilla; Camphor; Aesculus; Calcarea Carbonicum. Bowels: Lycopodium; Hepar sulf; Hydrastis platina.     Lungs: causticum; Balsamum perunianum; eucalyptus; tussilago. Skin: Viola tricolour; Vinca minor; Sarsaparilla; Lappa major. (

Encourage movement of lymph, open pores, rid body of dead skin cells (

Apple Cider Vinegar.

Orally take 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, as is or diluted in water, according to your taste, every four hours. Apple Cider Vinegar, while acidic, signals for your body to make ph buffers to counteract the acidity. This has an outstanding alkalizing effect on the body.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Onions and Honey.


Lymph has a composition similar to blood plasma. It also carries in it all of the objects that it has picked up. As this substance passes through the lymph nodes it picks up lymphocytes and proteins from the blood stream that feeds the nodes.

Deep Breathing – tense / relax; Ujjayi, Kapalabhati

Lymph massage – groin – cellulite, tense / relax

Dry Brushing – tense / relax

Exercise – Rebound, walk, jog, trampoline, yoga, tai chi, stretch, swim, tense/relax

Sweating – heat / cold, tense / relax

Avoid Restrictive Clothing


Emotional Issues – Lymph draws and absorbs. Stress reduces our capacity to make positive changes, constricting lymph flow. tense / relax

Cycles of the moon

Relax neck, throat, tongue for brain, chest, nose, throat flow

Favor Inversions & Twists

Legs Up

Child’s Pose

Down Dog

Standing Forward Bends (separate leg and Uttanansa)

Jathara parivartanasana (abdominal twist, upward facing, legs to sides)

Supported Side Twist


Supported Bridge

Uddiyana Bandha / Agni Sara (Heat building abdominal lock on exhalation)

Abhyanga – Oil Self-Massage –  Protect nose and skin

Preventative Massage Daily: Belly, axilla, groin, breasts, chest, neck

Essential Oils To Stimulate Lymph Glands

Lemon Essential Oil • Orange Essential Oil • Grapefruit Essential Oil

Essential Oils To Aid Circulation And Lymph Node Drainage

Ginger Root Essential Oil • Peppermint Essential Oil • Rosemary Essential Oil  (

“Gratitude for you…this is the most profound medicine I have ever experienced.”

Hi Brooke,
Thanks for today’s session.  And thanks for taking such good care of JT, he felt really nurtured and safe.  We both needed that.
I’m bummed that I will be missing meditation tomorrow night.
I’ve been wanting to share with you how profoundly restorative yoga has affected my life and well being, and to share my gratitude with you for offering this, and being willing to do the ground-breaking work.  Thank you!  You are so beautiful!
I have been incorporating some of the soul and body nourishing techniques that you shared with me on our individual session.  I will never forget that night, the deep peace I felt inside me.  I have a little altar at the door, with flowers from the garden that I had not “bothered” to bring inside since I see them out in the garden.  But it has been transformative to bring some beauty into my home.  I have some beautiful things that I have gathered, crystals and shells and things that I leave there.  And I light a candle to offer prayers.  It has transformed how I feel in my home, grounded and at peace, not restless, like I should be outside working.  Tending to my little altar helps to calm the voice of criticism I have had about my housekeeping habits.
I’ve also been practicing some meditation and gratitude prayers in the morning, waking up just before sunrise.  I have felt recently uninspired and unmotivated, and waking up after a solid night’s sleep just feeling unrested, but mostly uninspired and unmotivated.  And I’ve listened to the voice in me that says that sunrise is the medicine I need.  So I’ve been going up the hill behind the tiny house and sitting in the chaparral listening to the bird’s morning chorus and giving my gratitude, trying some affirmations and short meditations, including breathing techniques and mudras, and journaling.  When I finish this practice I feel at peace and full of gratitude, and inspired and energized.  I am so grateful to have so many tools to connect me to the present moment, and the peace that can be found there.
JT and I have both been enjoying the warm oil self massage, what a nurturing practice, and with the amount of time we spend in the elements we both immediately felt the energetic shielding or buffer from exposure, and the ability to tend to the inward calm.
In combination with the restorative yoga postures and the beautiful, safe and nurturing space that you create at the yoga center, this is the most profound medicine I have ever experienced.
I did want to write something that you could use on your website as well.  “With Brooke’s gentle guidance, I have come to know a profound peace within my body.  I am deeply grateful.  Restorative yoga is the most holistic medicine I have ever experienced.”
Congrats on your presentation and the amazingly supportive response you got in funding!  I am so grateful to be one of your guinea pigs 🙂 I’ll be seeing you soon and often!
Much love and peace,
August 11, 2015
AUM peace AUM

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