The meridian system that’s used in Chinese Medicine is also used in Yin Yoga. Think of it like an acupuncture session, sans needles. During seasonal transitions it’s important to give the body a little extra support so that we can keep ourselves healthy and happy. The truth is seasonal changes affect us on all layers of our being: physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically. Springtime is the season of the liver and gallbladder meridians – they tend to go out of whack precisely at this time of year. That means it’s primetime to give this organ pair the attention it needs.
When you come to a yin class focused on the liver/gallbladder, it’s like doing a spring cleaning session for your physical and emotional bodies. This organ pair is responsible for detoxification and for keeping the emotions balanced and smooth. If you’ve been overindulging with food or drink lately, feeling short tempered and/or grouchy or stiff in your muscles, than liver/gallbladder support should definitely be on your calendar.
Here’s what you’re more prone to feeling when this organ pair is out of balance:
It’s definitely not fun to feel some of the emotions I listed, but the truth is, they’re part of our human experience. The good news is, you have other options rather than muscling your way through your experience or avoiding it all together. In class we’ll focus on bringing harmony back to your system so your inner attitude can be more easy-breezy and less reactive.
In the physical body, the imbalances that you’ll notice will include:
- Tight outer hips
- Stiff or weak muscles
- Eye issues
- Low energy
In class we’ll do passive holds that target the outer hips, inner thighs and the side body, this is where you’ll find the liver/gallbladder meridians. We’ll focus on bringing the nervous system into a state of deep relaxation with various gentle breathing practices (pranayama) and mindfulness practices.
All my classes are suitable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners, of all ages. No experience is necessary. I’ll walk you through everything! My intention is to support my students in all layers of their being; Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Energetically. You can expect to leave feeling relaxed, grounded and more at ease.
About the Author:
Heather Lyon teaches Yin and InnerYoga on Tuesdays and Thursday at 8PM at Yoga Tree 6th Avenue. You can stay in touch, be part of Heather’s community and receive a free guided meditation at heatherlyon.net, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more about InnerYoga from the founder, Dina Amsterdam.