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#28daysofyin Day 11 - All about Your Governor Vessel

#28daysofyin Day 11 - All about Your Governor Vessel

#28daysofyin and another late post, sorry homies! Today we look at the Governor Vessel meridian. The Governor and Conception Vessels are like the main rivers of the body's Yin and Yang energies. They are polar aspects of the body, and are responsible for the formation of the holoblastic cleavage (as in, when the fertilised egg that grows you splits in two - then four, eight and so on) in embryological development. These vessels run along our back and front respectively, and meet at the roof of our mouth. Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth to connect them. We’ll check them both out; Conception Vessel is coming tomorrow. The Governor Vessel ‘governs’ all the other Yang organs, and its energetics corresponds to Yang, positive polarity, the male aspect, and responds to treble tones. It flows up the midline of the back, a Yang area, and in the centre of nearly all the Yang channels (except the Stomach channel which flows in the front). The Governor Vessel governs all the Yang channels, which means that it can be used to increase the Yang energy of the body. It is also responsible for the circulation of the body's Guardian Qi to guard against external evil intruders. Practice this pose every day for a month and watch your immunity soar! The Governor Vessel is also responsible for nourishing the five ancestral organs, which include the brain and spinal cord. This is one of the ways in which the kidneys "control" the brain according to TCM. This has implications for the way we view our minds - so many of us blame our thoughts for our problems (my mind never stops!), when the issue is, most likely, a result of the stress of and on the body on account of our lifestyles creating the mental disturbances. In Yogic physiology we recognise the masculine energy as being manifest in the Pingala nadi, which in theory would correspond with the Governor Vessel meridian, however there’s some opposing views out there, based on how the energy of this meridian works and its location. My teacher Paul Grilley’s teacher, Dr. Motoyama, who pretty much dedicated his life to studying this stuff, corresponds the Governor Vessel and Conception Vessel meridians with Sushumna nadi>>>

nadi…he’s a pretty smart dude, and I’ve read some reports from acupuncturists that back this up. Today’s pose hits this meridian hard, with Caterpillar, modelled here by @lyssayoga - this is an easy one to get into, but it can be not-easy for many folk. From a seated posture, legs extended and relaxed, feet a comfortable distance apart, allow yourself to start to hang forward. If it’s OK to let the head hang, go for it, if not, support the head in the hands or on a block/bolster/get creative! We’re looking for a whole back body stretch. If this is too much on your hamstrings or lower back, bend your knees and rest them on a rolled up towel or a bolster if you have one, or try Butterfly Pose (posted a couple of days ago). Stay. Relax your whole body if you can; notice how relaxed Lyssa's hands are. Check for tension in the hands and jaw and face...keep softening. Stick around for 10 mins if you can, but start with 5 if you're newer. I LOVE coming out of this pose. What a trip! Let me know how you go, yogis. #yinyoga #caterpillar #yogaforall #yogaeveryday #yoga #loveyoga #newcastleyoga #yoganewcastle #lyssayoga #yin #tcm #governorvessel

#28daysofyin Day 12: Here Comes Your Conception Vessel

#28daysofyin Day 12: Here Comes Your Conception Vessel

#28daysofyin Day 10 : Taking Care of Your Gallbladder

#28daysofyin Day 10 : Taking Care of Your Gallbladder