Spring is in the air!
We've passed the equinox and spring is here in Australia.
As we are part of nature, we also respond to changes in seasons, temperature and influences of moon and sun.
In Yin yoga meridians are a key factor to "influence" and also when we stretch we shift electrodes through connective tissue/ fascia. We try to nourish and invigorate the life force QI (chi), flowing through these tissues. In springtime liver (yin) and gallbladder (yang) are most active in the human body. A healthy liver stands for an overall sense of wellbeing, making sure that all organs receive enough blood and Qi, and help stabilise emotions. The liver stores blood and controls connective tissue, eyes and vision and menstruation. It is responsible for balance/harmony in the body-mind. When both liver and gallbladder are working well, you recover quickly mentally and physically. Imbalances of liver and gallbladder often are experienced (maybe by your closest family and friends ) as anger and impatience or holding back.
Every season has a most active yin-yang couple of organs, according to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine).
Heart and small intestine are connected to Qi balance in Summer. you can imagine that this is connected to hotter temperature, sweating and cooling down the body makes the heart pump faster.
In winter, the Kidneys and Bladder, play an important role in keeping the homeostasis in the body. The body tries to hold on to warmth and so to get rid of toxins, it will use the kidney and bladder instead of heart and sweat.
Lungs and large intestine work a little harder to keep the body healthy and balanced in Autumn. The Yin practise balances the organs and energises and nourishes your Qi.
Springtime is energetically connected to the qi of gallbladder and liver.
If there is an imbalance in the Qi of gallbladder and liver, you could have some of the following physicality's: a red face, dizziness, Tinnitus, migraine headaches, arthritis, stiffness, muscle weakness, unexplainable cramps, vision problems, menstrual Issues and or stomach upsets.
When yin-liver yang-gallbladder are balanced you experience resistance to disease and it helps with good digestion.
When lengthening the body in the directions of the meridians you can move the electro magnetic field and change the charge of/in the body. the photos at the beginning of this blog, show you some poses.
Don't worry if it does not look anywhere near this flexible posture, you want your body to be able to be comfortable in the pose for 3-5 minutes without being distracted in body and mind and you want to be able to keep the breath slow and relaxed.
Emotionally when off-balance in Yin-Liver Yang-gallbladder Qi, you might experience anger, irritability, frustration resentment or stubbornness.
Mentally you can feel confused, indecisive, or the opposite making too impulsive decisions (no balanced decisions) and you feel easily discouraged and have difficulties planning and thinking.
When doing yin yoga, staying in poses (without being distracted with fidgetting or thinking of other stuff then breath and body), can release feelings described and help you balance.
If you work with affirmations, you can listen to them just before you go to fall asleep in bed, when the brain is in a hypnotic state, downloading everything into the subconscious mind to change hard-wired patterns.
have a look at Bruce Lipton, (quantum physics)
Affirmations could have the following words in it: I am emotionally balanced, I have an easy-going nature, I feel compassion, I focus on tenderness/ kindness towards myself and others, I am capable to recover after an upset..... make these suggestions personal and specific, so they really vibrate with your spirit
Passionate and on a mission to make a practical difference to the lives of others Christel helps people of all ages with complicated and minor health problems, through body, mind and breath at her Sydney based practice Nourish Body Mind Spirit.