Come explore Chinese Medicine in this four-part yin yoga series. In Chinese medicine, the major energies of the body (Chi, Blood, Jing, Shen and Fluids) are said to flow through passages called meridians, with the various solid and hollow body organs being important centres for energy storage and distribution. Participants will participate in meridian-specific yin sequences to learn more about meridian theory and also to help clear internal blockages, helping to restore optimal energy flow.
Week One: Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians — The Liver is considered to be the home of Shen, the soul, and regulates to flow of Chi (essential life force) throughout the body. Weaknesses in the Liver are associated with issues dealing with anger, and tendon and eye weakness. Strong Liver Chi nourishes the entire body and when the Liver is healthy we more easily act with kindess.
Week Two: Spleen and Stomach Meridians The Spleen meridian controls digestion. When the Spleen is strong, Chi moves well, and foods' essence is spread easily throughout the body. The Spleen also controls the skeletal muscle health and proper limb functioning. Creativity abounds when these meridians are healthy!
Week Three: Heart and Lung Meridians The Heart is the ruler of all of the body's solid (Zang) organs.In addition to providing blood circulation, the strength of Heart chi directly influences our ability to think, our mental health. Weak Heart Chi may result in insomnia and disturbed sleep. When Chi is moving well through the Heart we feel love most easily
Week Four: Kidney and Urinary Bladder Meridians The Kidneys are said to house Jing, the material essence of life, and the Kidneys are said to regulate water volume and help to coordinate respiration. Problems with the Kidneys may exhibit themselves as anxiety and fear. It is said that when the Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians are working well, we age gracefuly!