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#28daysofyin Day 18 - Jumping into Five Elements

#28daysofyin Day 18 - Jumping into Five Elements

#28daysofyin Let’s start looking at the Five Elements in more detail.I’m starting with Water. Because I’m feeling it today. Water is the most Yin of all the Five Elements. The organ systems associated with Water are the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder, which control water metabolism and maintain homeostasis. Water’s energy is downward and its motion is stillness and conserving. The Earth’s surface is approximately 75% water, and water makes up about 60-65% of our adult body weight, yet it has no shape, taking the form given to it by its container (our fascia, our form). It is adaptable and can become solid as ice or dissolve into vapour. As we age we lose water, and our bodies begin to dry out. Our bones and hair become more brittle, our skin loses its elasticity, our minds may lose their accustomed flexibility. While acknowledging these changes, Traditional Chinese Medicine gives us numerous mental, physical, and nutritional tools to help slow the progression of the apparently inevitable by offering ways to increase the water reserves within us. So does Yin Yoga! ;) In Taoism, Water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy; however, an over-abundance of the Element is said to cause difficulty in choosing something and sticking to it. In the same way, Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it erodes rock and floods the land and find the path of least resistance to move around any obstacle. When your Water Element is in balance, you use your resources (money, time, energy) wisely, neither hoarding nor squandering that which gives you life, that which inspires you. Water is also the element of stillness and rest. Taking time to rest and rejuvenate yourself nourishes your Water element. It is in the Water element that all ideas are birthed. Water-type people appear a bit reserved, yet are often very creative, sometimes even eccentric. They can appear cool and stoic, yet have the capacities to be still and deeply reflect. The negative emotion associated with water is fear, while the positive emotion is calmness. This pose works the Water Element along the Urinary Bladder meridian.>>>

 

>>>This pose works the Water Element along the Urinary Bladder meridian. It’s one of my favourites. Half Butterfly/Half Dragonfly. Extend your left leg and bend your right knee, taking the left food into the groin of your left inner thigh. Pivot your chest over the left leg, and start to hang forward and allow your spine to round. If it’s OK, let your head hang. If not, support it on your elbows or on a prop. Just rest…taking the time to really melt into the pose. I like 5 mins (or longer) per side, but start with 3 mins if you’re newer. If your hammies are tight, bend the extended leg (in this case, the left leg) - you can roll a towel and place it under the knee so you can relax. You might also need support under the right knee (the bent knee). This one is just sneaking in before midnight, oops! Happy Monday, folks. #yinyoga #forwardfold #urinarybladdermeridian #meridian #urinarybladder #kidneymeridian #kidney #waterelement #tcm #taoism

#28daysofyin Day 19 - Let’s Love the Couple (Liver ‘n’ Gallbladder)

#28daysofyin Day 19 - Let’s Love the Couple (Liver ‘n’ Gallbladder)

#28daysofyin Day 17 - Savasana: Key to Conscious Relaxation

#28daysofyin Day 17 - Savasana: Key to Conscious Relaxation