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#28daysofyin Day 14 - Let’s Talk about the Triple Burner

#28daysofyin Day 14 - Let’s Talk about the Triple Burner

#28daysofyin and we meet the Triple Burner. The WHAT? I know, right? This one is really cool, one of my favourite meridians to study. The Triple Burner is an organ-energy system, and we have no counterpart in Western physiology. Unfortunately for us. Though some suggest that the Triple Burner is associated with the hypothalamus, the part of the brain which regulates appetite, digestion, fluid balance, body temperature, heartbeat, blood pressure, and other basic autonomous functions (that is, all the stuff we don’t have to think about). It’s responsible for the movement and transformation of solids and fluids throughout the body, largely through the endocrine glands and hormonal distribution systems (hence the hypothalamus theory). It also produces and circulates nourishing and protective energies (yin chee and wei chee). It’s not an organ, per se, like the liver is an organ; rather it helps to regulate the OTHER organs and all that they’re up to. It has three burners - hence the name - and these are associated with our three dantiens - think head, heart, belly. The Upper Burner controls what we take IN, the Middle Burner controls how we transform this stuff and the Lower Burner controls how we eliminate it. The Upper Burner ('the mist’) runs from the base of the tongue to the entrance to the stomach and controls the intake of air, food, and fluids. It harmonises the functions of heart and lungs, governs respiration, and regulates the distribution of protective energy to the body's external surfaces. Think immune system. The Middle Burner (‘the foam’) runs from the entrance to the stomach down to its exit at the pyloric valve and controls digestion by harmonising the functions of stomach, spleen, and pancreas. It is responsible for extracting goodness from food and fluids and distributing it via the meridian system to the lungs and other parts of the body (remember the Spleen spiel I wrote a few days ago? TRUE HUMAN ENERGY!). The Lower Burner (‘the swamp’) runs from the pyloric valve (the start of the small intestine) down to the anus (y’all know what an anus is, right?) and urinary tract and is responsible for separating the pure from the impure products>>>

>>>of digestion, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating solid and liquid wastes. It harmonises the functions of liver, kidney, bladder, and large and small intestines and also regulates sexual and reproductive functions. The triple burner meridian starts at the back of the ring finger, runs along the back of the arms and shoulders, around the ears, and through the temples to the outer edge of the eyebrow. On a psychological level, the Triple Burners can be used to move Qi and lift depression derived from stagnation of Liver Qi. When the Triple Burners, which regulate the consciousness, are full, the consciousness becomes stable and the Mind's intent is compassionate. The Triple Burners are also linked with the Heart and Pericardium and are affected by the emotion of joy. Emotionally, it supports circulating social warm and joy. This system is active in utero, and is sometimes referred to as "umbilicus.” It distributes vital energy to the other meridians as the organs are developing. Your experience in utero can affect your ability to find your own individuality - especially from your mother and family - and to create your own warmth, your own relationships, and your own way of relating to the world. I see this all the time in chi ne tsang. When the energy of the heart is strong and there is no guilt, and the desires and thoughts of an individual are at peace, then the energy of the body's sexual essence (Jing) will spread into the Triple Burners, and the Blood will flourish within the individual's vessels. When the Triple Burners are out of balance, we can experience fevers, chills, hot flashes and night sweats. We may be unable to feel or express warmth in relationships and experience a lack of emotional intimacy. We may find it difficult to be our own person, to choose our own way of experiencing life that is different from family and cultural beliefs. Triple Burner relates to autoimmune diseases such as Graves disease and lupus.>>>

>>>Other symptoms include digestive issues and loose bowels or constipation. It can relate to headaches in the temples and to ear problems. We’re working this meridian with a nice little pose called ‘Thread the Needle’ - it can be taken out into Rolling Panda/Outrigger if you wish, but we’re keeping it simple for these #28daysofyin, and this will do for most of us. Pretty simple to get into - start on your hands and knees and slide your right arm underneath your left armpit with the palm facing up, taking your right shoulder across the body a little towards that left side. As you slide your left hand forward you’ll start to find the stretch along the back of the right arm and up into the rhomboids and around the scapula (shoulder blade). This is also Liver medicine. And that front arm is getting some Lung, Heart and Pericardium juju. You can thank me later. Notice that my bum is over my knees, and my knees are about hip width apart so I stay balanced and don’t go crashing to the ground. Relax your neck somehow - you can have the side of the face on the floor for some more Triple Burner action or the forehead. If you need something under your forehead, go for it. Big deep diaphragmatic breaths to help this meridian get its nourishment and stay for 2-3 mins each side. #yoga #yogalove #yinyoga #yin #tripleburner #tripleheater #tcm #meridians #energetics #yogaforall #yogaeveryday #yogaeverydamnday

#28daysofyin Day 15 - Approaching to the ida and pingala nadis

#28daysofyin Day 15 - Approaching to the ida and pingala nadis

#28daysofyin Day 13 - Don’t Forget the Pericardium

#28daysofyin Day 13 - Don’t Forget the Pericardium