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March 5, 2016

The thymus (located behind your sternum, or breastbone) is associated with the immune system as it produces white blood cells. White blood cells are in charge of attacking illness in the body.  The thymus gland begins to break down and shrink after puberty, and it’s been theorized that this happens in humans because we have lost the instinct to stimulate it regularly.

 

Good news is that yoga has yoga poses  and also a special technique that help to stimulate thymus.

 

‘Thumping your thymus’ is a yoga method of gently tapping on the thymus gland to create vibrations that stimulate an increase in the maturation and release of white blood cells.It has also been shown to slow down gland atrophy.

 

In the first couple of minutes of the video, there is a teachnique how to stimulate the thymus. Of course, you can follow the entire practice on the video which is focused on boosting the overall immune system.

 

Thumping Your Thymus Technique:

  • Make a fist and place your pinky finger side on your breastbone, just below the notch between the collarbones.

  • Take a deep breath, and as you slowly let it out, firmly pound on this spot 9 times or so.

  • Repeat 1-3 times, until you feel more balanced and calm.

 

Side Note:

 

Gorillas

Think of the need to grasp or rub mid-chest during times of extreme stress or a gorilla who pounds his chest before entering a battle. Both situations call for stimulation of the thymus gland.

 

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