Yoga & Lymph Flow with Sarah Orlowicz alternates with Slow Flow every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

What exactly is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes that acts as a transportation and drainage system to cleanse and nourish the body. It filters, transports and destroys bacteria and toxins; brings protein to the heart, produces antibodies to fight illness, absorbs fat, and feeds cells with nutrients, minerals and vitamins. The state of the lymphatic system is directly related to the state of the immune system and in Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science), it is the first and most important system.

How does Yoga for Lymph Flow work?

Yoga for Lymph Flow is a practice specifically geared to help the flow of your lymphatic system. The pranayama (breathing) practices, gentle vinyasa flow (meaning, flowing or moving with the breath), and self-massage techniques become the pump needed to help this system work more efficiently.

For someone who’s new to yoga, what should they expect from your Lymph Flow class?

It’s a gentle class with a strong focus on activating lymph flow using muscle movement and deep belly breath. Students are encouraged to make the practice their own and to never physically push their bodies further than they feel comfortable. We focus on the neck, joints, and areas where lymph nodes are located, helping to release stagnation and direct lymphatic fluid back to the heart. We end the practice with a relaxing restorative pose (commonly known as “Stonehenge”), elevating our legs slightly to further encourage this flow. Students are also always reminded and encouraged to practice the breathing techniques throughout the week, pausing for 5-10 minutes once or twice a day.

How can working with the lymphatic system benefit our health?

The benefits of optimized lymph flow can include an ease in body stiffness, less headaches and migraines, increased flexibility, quicker healing, increased energy levels, relief in the area of an injury, decreased symptoms of carpal tunnel or tendonitis, reduced stress and tension, and the prevention or reduction of the symptoms of autoimmune disease, lymphedema, lipedema, and other illnesses and ailments. 

What are some other ways we can support the lymphatic system?

Drinking plenty of (warm) water, swimming/water exercise, non-inflammatory diet, avoid tight waistbands and restrictive clothing, dry brushing, manual lymph drainage, sound healing/singing bowls, rebounding, tongue scraping, and Ayurvedic* treatments such as abhyanga and marma. 

*To learn more about Ayurveda, click here

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!