Spring is an exciting time in nature when all that has been dormant over the winter months begins to awaken and bloom. This time of the year is ripe for giving birth to new ideas, projects, relationships, ways of being and to plant intentions for our own health and wellbeing. Just as nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion, we too are given the opportunity to make a conscious choice to begin anew.
In Yin yoga each season is associated with its own particular element, emotion and organ system. The element for Spring is wood, the emotion is anger, and the organs are the liver and gallbladder. At this time of the year we use our Yin practice to balance the wood element to attain optimum physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual wellbeing. The wood element represents a time of growth, expansion and buoyancy, it’s about renewal, awakening and rebirth.
By focussing on the liver and gall-bladder meridians we help the body to regulate blood circulation to keep all of our organs vital. The spirit of liver chi helps us to organise our ideas and to transform them into action and change. Stimulating the gallbladder chi allows us to feel strong, decisive and bold. All these qualities are required if we are to birth new projects into the world.
Be mindful that if you have some stagnation or deficiency along the liver meridian, you may experience irritation, impatience and even anger in your practice. You may find it difficult to hold poses for very long and you may want to escape the experience rather than breathing through it. If this is the case, be kind to yourself understanding that this is temporary. When you remain gentle and patient in your approach to your practice, the chi will flow more freely.
Enjoy the freshness of Spring and be bold about sharing your unique gifts with the world.
“Trees are the fingers of Mother Earth reaching toward the arms of Father Sky. They share their love unconditionally - giving away their breath, consuming our waste, and spreading their seeds far and wide. They give their bodies to us for medicine, for building, for warmth. In return they are loved unconditionally by the Sun who feeds them freely, by the rains which cleanses them, by the soil which nourishes them. But even the trees long to be just a little bit closer to the heavens” - Shaman Redwood