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#28daysofyin Day 3 : Boosting Spleen with Heart Fire

#28daysofyin Day 3 : Boosting Spleen with Heart Fire

#28daysofyin takes us into the upper body today, as the fire of the Heart gives way to the earth energy of the Spleen, from which our Metal element meridians (Lung and Large Intestine ) arise. We’ll talk more about the elements next week. For today, we meet our Lung meridian.  The deeper part of the Lung channel originates in the middle of the abdomen, but the branch we’re looking at today runs from the lungs, to the throat, the clavicles, the inner arms and wrists to the outside of the thumbnail. The lungs control breath and energy and assist the heart with the circulation of blood. Where blood goes, energy goes, and where energy moves, blood flows…this is why our breath is SO important in our Yin Yoga practice. If a part of the body feels dull, stagnant or stuck, or even just ‘tight,’ see if you can direct your breath INTO that space. In this pose, as we stretch out the chest and the inner arms, do your best to breathe into the echoes of the sensations in your arms and around your heart and lungs. See if you can FEEL your fascia breathing. You might notice that your breath causes a slight expansion of your shoulder joint; see if you can slip into that expansion, and soften around it. Feel the tide of your breath roll down your arms, to your wrists and fingers. Pay close attention, see what you can feel in YOUR body. The Lungs establish the foundation for chi in the entire body, and are intimately related to the health of our skin, and, of course, our nose! Our skin 'breathes' via the opening and closing of pores and is where the radiant energy of resistance and defence is stored; this is one of the foundations of our immune system. Skin issues and/or nasal/bronchial issues can be a sign of our immune systems and our Lungs crying out for help. Feel into the positive psycho-emotional aspects of the Lung meridian as you rest in this pose, the dignity and integrity and high self-esteem that comes from balanced Lung energy. To access this pose, called Open Wing (or the modification, Broken Wing), start lying on your tummy with your right cheek on the floor. Extend your left arm out in line with your shoulder, palm down to the floor. Relax your shoulder... >>>

Relax your shoulder, breathe space around the shoulder joint. Turn your left cheek to the floor now, and come to lie on your left side-body, drawing your left knee towards your chest to support you. Take the right arm behind you if you wish, to deepen the pose, or leave the arm resting on the floor. RELAX YOUR NECK. Stay for 3-5 mins, depending on your body. Less is more! Repeat on the other side, 3-5 min hold. To modify, try bending the left arm so that the forearm is 90 degrees to the upper arm bone (humerus). I like to walk my elbow about another inch away from my torso, to really create space in the pecs, before rolling onto my side, I find this inhibits the acromion pinch many people experience, too. Neato! A block, towel or pillow under the head might be nice if you need some extra support… :) Enjoy! #yinyoga #lungmeridian #yogaforarms #shoulders #blood #chi #yogaforallnewcastle #stretching

#28daysofyin Day 4 - Energizing Kidneys

#28daysofyin Day 4 - Energizing Kidneys

#28daysofyin Day 2: The Spleen and Wall Dragonfly

#28daysofyin Day 2: The Spleen and Wall Dragonfly