Yin Yoga in spring - element wood
As explained in a previous blog post on Yin Yoga in Winter , the theory of the five elements from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used as a basis for understanding connections within ourselves and in all natural events. The 5 elements in question are water, wood, fire, earth and metal. These elements correspond to the respective seasons in nature, but also to our "internal" cycles, feelings, biological functions and organs. Organs, sensory organs, nerves and tissue are supplied with life energy via subtle channels in the body, the so-called meridians. Through various applications, TCM uses the meridians to harmonize the flow of energy and to achieve an undisturbed flow of Qi through the body.
With various exercises and practices tailored to this, we can accompany our body-mind system over the course of the year and the changing energies and thus ensure well-being, balance and health.
Yin Yoga and the Inner Blossoming of Spring
As nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion in spring, so does the energy within us. Take the time to shed old, unwanted layers and make a conscious decision to start over. After winter and the element of water, in TCM spring comes the element of wood, which stands for renewal and growth and is connected to the liver and gallbladder meridians. With spring, the aspects in us that have been dormant over the winter months begin to awaken. Nature begins a cycle of renewal, growth and development - and with it the energies within us. The energy of the meridians can be influenced very well with the help of Yin Yoga and appropriate asanas. In addition to liver and gallbladder, tendons, muscles and eyes also belong to the wood element. Yin Yoga creates an optimal framework to be able to consciously feel into the body in peace, to observe every perception and to breathe freely and deeply. Above all, holding the asanas for a longer period of time gets the life energy flowing in the meridians. This flow of energy is activated through gentle compression and stretching in the Yin Yoga postures. Muscle fibers, tendons and ligaments are worked on and tension or adhesions are loosened. A relaxation and loosening of the fascia also regulates nerve activity and body and mind receive the impulse to be able to relax.
Strengthen the liver and gallbladder meridians through Yin YogaThe liver meridian is said to rule the eyes and the nervous system. The liver secretes the bile necessary for digestion and helps detoxify the body. On an emotional level, disharmony in the liver meridian causes irritability, anger and anger or depressive moods, migraines and back problems. In TCM, the liver is also seen as the seat of the soul and is said to promote spiritual growth, creativity and courage. Like the gallbladder, which governs decision-making and volition, the liver is responsible for structured processes. In cooperation, they determine how high our motivation is and how energetically we get into the action.
How energetic and motivated do you face spring, which now invites you to exercise more? How strong is your will to tackle your personal projects for the coming year?
Yin Yoga in the element of wood: sequence for growth and strength
Since the Liver and Gallbladder meridians run down the inside of the legs, hip-opening asanas and rotations are highly recommended. Hold the Yin Yoga postures for 2-4 minutes, breathing relaxed and fluently into the abdomen. Use tools such as yoga bolsters, blankets or blocks as support. Create a calm atmosphere and give yourself grounding, calmness and alignment with a mindful Yin Yoga sequence.
With the shoulder bridge you can use a block or a yoga bolster as a support.
Place a yoga bolster or a yoga roller lengthways between your legs so that you can rest your upper body on it.
You can also use a yoga bolster or a yoga roller with the frog to gently lay your upper body down.
When practicing the pigeon, you can place a block or low pillow under your buttocks on the side of the bent leg for support.
Swivel, Deep Squat, Eye of the Needle, and Happy Baby. Feel free to use a soft yoga mat, blanket or meditation mat with the Happy Baby to protect your spine.
Repeat the exercises regularly and see how you feel afterwards. We hope you enjoy trying it out!
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