Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a fascinating system of healing that draws inspiration from nature to help us cultivate inner harmony.
TCM recognizes five elements - water, wood, fire, earth, and metal - that have a profound impact on our inner Qi. This vital energy is also known as chi, prana, energy, or life force.
Each of the five elements is associated with a specific season. For example, wood is linked with spring. For optimal wellbeing, it's important to nurture each element in our bodies during its corresponding season.
Looking through the lens of TCM, we see that each element's natural qualities are present in specific organs within our bodies. Back to our example, the liver and gallbladder are associated with the wood element.
To keep our Qi flowing smoothly throughout the year, it's wise to give some extra TLC to the organs linked with the current season.
So during spring, you'll want to nourish your liver and gallbladder.
You can do this with herbs, nutrition, bodywork, lifestyle choices, and/or, my specialty, yoga asana!
While physically manipulating our delicate organs isn't always available (or desirable), we can affect them indirectly them through the meridians.
Meridians, which are akin to the nadis in the Vedic tradition, are energy pathways that facilitate the flow of energy between our organs and superficial tissues, much like how blood vessels or nerves function in the body.
By practicing various yoga postures that stretch or compress the body, we can influence the energy flow in the meridians, promoting balance and harmony.
So if you want to give your liver and gallbladder some love this spring, try out some Yin Yoga poses to promote balance and harmony in your body!
Yin Yoga to Nourish the Wood Element During Spring
A five yin yoga poses that target the liver and gallbladder meridians for wood element wellness:
- Seated Side Bend
- Dragon Pose
- Twisted Roots Pose
- Shoelace Pose
- Wide-Knee Child's Pose
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