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#28daysofyin Day 10 : Taking Care of Your Gallbladder

#28daysofyin Day 10 : Taking Care of Your Gallbladder

Hello! #28daysofyin gets green today, with the Liver meridian’s partner, the Gallbladder. The Gallbladder is the Yang portion of the Wood Element, balancing the Yin of the Liver, and is related to making decisions…it’s the catalyst for all action. The Liver is involved in planning and life adaptation, while the Gallbladder helps us to take action and make decisions. When we have difficulty with making decisions, either from a lack of information or from not wanting to make a wrong decision, it results in stress on the Gallbladder. The Gallbladder plays a large role in courage and initiative. People with a weak gallbladder are indecisive, timid, and easily discouraged. This organ works closely with the lymphatic system to clear out toxins, especially from the muscular system. Its energy provides us with muscular strength and vitality. In other words, the Gallbladder gets rids of muscular fatigue and aches. It also affects both the quality and length of sleep. The Gallbladder is located near the Liver physically, but the meridian runs up over the shoulders and back of the neck, around to the top of the head and forehead. Tension headaches are attributed to blockages within the Gallbladder meridian. Known as the 'Honourable Minister', the Gallbladder is in charge of the 'Central Clearing Department'. With the help of Liver chi it stores and secretes the bile fluids required to digest and metabolise fats and oils, like detergent sorts out fats when washing up! Cool bananas! The branch of the Gallbladder we’re looking at is the sides of the thighs - I know this area is super important in TCM but I can’t remember why and my journals are in storage! Gah! Anyone out there able to assist? Anyway, it’s also our glutes, medius, minimus and for some maximus, plus the fascia latae and ITB (iliotibial band). Piriformis and external rotators can get a look in too, which is great for those of you who sit a lot. Super easy pose to do, modelled by my brother Sam (he of the super-tight hamstrings and ginger beard! ;)). Lie on your back with your legs up a wall (or fence!) and bend your right knee, taking your right ankle

Lie on your back with your legs up a wall (or fence!) and bend your right knee, taking your right ankle just outside of your left knee, so the foot is just hanging off the thigh. Bend your left knee enough that your left foot comes to the wall and you start to feel a stretch on your right side. To get a deeper stretch, get your bum closer to the wall and have your left shin parallel to the floor. For a less juicy stretch, like Sam is showing, have your left foot higher up the wall and keep your bum away from the wall a little. Easy! Five mins each side, yogis. Enjoy your happy hips and happy Gall Bladder! #yinyoga #gallbaldder #meridians #tcm #yoga #yogaeveryday #yogaforall #glutestretch #energetics

#28daysofyin Day 11 - All about Your Governor Vessel

#28daysofyin Day 11 - All about Your Governor Vessel

#28daysofyin Day 9 : Strengthening Your Bladder

#28daysofyin Day 9 : Strengthening Your Bladder