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#28daysofyin Day 1 - The Heart and Supported Fish Pose

#28daysofyin Day 1 - The Heart and Supported Fish Pose

Supported Fish: 28 Days of Yin begins! Sorry for the late start guys, I had a day off today with friends, hanging at the beach, climbing trees, eating some awesome food... And now, YIN! We'll be exploring over the next twenty eight days the six organ pairs, Twelve Major Meridians and Five Elemental Energies via our asana practice. Five to ten minutes a day hanging out with your body...today your heart. The heart is called the 'King' of the organs in the Chinese tradition. The heart controls all the organs and emotions - the Chinese word for 'heart' also translates to 'mind'; when we lose harmony in our heart-mind, we lose our connection to our body. This pose, supported fish, connects us to our heart, which is not just a blood pumping machine but is an intelligent system, the most intelligent of our three brains (head, heart, belly). By entraining our heads + our hearts (that is, through yoga!), we can alter our very DNA - the heart is the only force capable of this. We can also break though our karmas, our suffering, our conditioned patterns of negative thinking and behaviours, releasing ourselves from our identifications by connecting to the heart. Our amygdala (in our head-brain) creates our identity, but our heart is more intelligent (is effectively the 'creator' of the amygdala) and can remove this conditioning with its electromagnetic force and powers of transformation. To access this meridian were working the heart in two ways. One, with the bolster under the back of the heart, opening the front of the body, around the physical heart and its partner meridian the small intestine, and two, by taking our arms overhead, stimulating one of the branches of the heart meridian that runs through the lungs, armpits and along the inside of the arms to the pinkie fingers. As you rest in this pose, feel into your heart, feel your blood moving in your body and feel the joy, peace and contentment that come from a wide, open heart. To access this pose, use a rolled up yoga mat, blanket, block or pillow under the back of the heart, parallel with the ribs. The support should hit around the 'bra strap line' - that is, a little below your shoulder blades, on your back ribs. Not in your low back!! You might need more or less height, depending on your body. A support under the head is nice, if you need that. If taking the arms overhead is too much, try bending the elbows and supporting them on props, or just rest the arms alongside the body and focus on breathing into the heart. Deep, expansive breathing here into the spaces between your ribs and your belly is super important. Stay for 5 mins. Any questions, let me know. If you play along at home and want to share your pose hashtag ‪#‎28daysofyin‬ so we can see. Enjoy! 😘 ‪#‎heartmeridian‬‪#‎supportedfish‬ ‪#‎yinyoga‬

#28daysofyin Day 2: The Spleen and Wall Dragonfly

#28daysofyin Day 2: The Spleen and Wall Dragonfly

#28daysofyin Day Yin yoga makes me happy.

#28daysofyin Day Yin yoga makes me happy.