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#28daysofyin Day 2: The Spleen and Wall Dragonfly

#28daysofyin Day 2: The Spleen and Wall Dragonfly

‪#‎28daysofyin‬ today takes us to the Spleen meridian, and one of my favourite poses for my sticky hamstrings and groin. Wall Dragonfly or Wall Straddle. Using the wall is such an awesome way to practice Yin yoga, especially for those with low back issues or those who find the forward-folding a bit much (tight hamstrings, neck issues etc). Bernie Clark has a wonderful Wall Yin sequence in his book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, which I’d highly recommend for anyone interested in all things Yin. It’s also available online - Google 'Wall Yin Bernie Clark' and it’ll pop up. Anyway, I digress! The Spleen meridian is the next meridian we’ll look at because it’s the next ‘Yin’ (or zang) organ in sequence, following the ‘mother’ ‘child’ relationship of the organs. Without confusing the pants off of you, the Yin organs are all about collecting and transporting and they never rest…the heart, the spleen, the kidneys, the pericardium, the liver, the lungs, all these organs are pretty much working round the clock to keep us kicking. Each Yin organ is paired with a Yang (fu) organ (e.g. Heart + Small Intestine, Spleen + Stomach); we’ll look at the Yang organs once we’ve done a cycle through the Yin organs. The Heart, as we explored yesterday, is the ‘King’ of the organs. The Heart supports the the mental capacity of the Spleen (concentration) and warms the Spleen, and the Spleen’s job is to nourish the Heart (and the Heart is the Mother of the Spleen, the Spleen its Chid in the Generating Sequence). The Spleen (and the Pancreas, for they work together in TCM) do this through regulating the extraction and assimilation of nutrients consumed through the digestive process, and providing the energy for the stomach and small intestine to do their work. The ’Spancreas’ also regulations the volume and quality of blood in circulation, so the heart depends on its child to keep the blood supply going. The ’Spancreas' also coordinates with the kidneys to regulate fluid in the system. One of my favourite functions of the Spleen is how it extracts chi from the stomach and moves it to the lungs, to blend with chi from the air to create ’True Human Energy.’ Ain’t that sweet? Thanks Spleen! When we’re feeling stressed, the first organ to be impacted is the Spleen, and if we’re feeling untoned and saggy in our muscles, it’s often that our Spleen energy is out of whack. The Spleen feeds its nourishing energy to the Heart, but when we’re stressed, we can drain our Spleen energy, and leave ourselves feeling worried, running mental loops obsessively, feeling full of regret or self-doubt. Today, in your pose, turn into the positive emotional qualities of a balanced Spleen - trust, openness, balance, honesty and acceptance. We’re looking at the Wall Dragonfly in order to work the branch of the Spleen meridian that travels along the inside of the legs. Feel the Spleen energy running along the inside tip of the big toe, the arch of the foot, the inner ankle and inner leg, to the knee and thigh, into the groin. To get into this pose, find an nice open wall, and slide up to it on your bottom, sideways, until you’re sitting against the wall. Turn towards the wall, so your legs lift UP the wall and your back body rests on the floor. Make sure your bottom is as close to the wall as your hamstrings will allow. If yours are tight, stay back a little and keep your knees bent. Start to slide the legs apart, letting gravity drop the heels towards the floor. Find a place that feels comfortable for you - remember, only go to a COMFORTABLE depth. We’re here for five minutes, if it feels too intense, back it off a little. Find stillness and a deep, rhythmic breath. Pay attention to your body and feel your blood, your pulse, your heart, and the energetics of the spleen. Find acceptance for where you are, in your body and your mind, today. When you’re done, slowly scissor the legs back together and rest for a moment with your legs up the wall, before slowly coming back to the floor and getting on with your day! Happy Sunday yogis. ‪#‎wallyoga‬ ‪#‎spleenmeridian‬‪#‎groin‬ ‪#‎yinyoga‬ ‪#‎yogaforall‬

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