Yin yoga is ideal for people of most fitness levels who want to develop a relaxed, meditative practice or balance an intense exercise routine. The practice allows you to slow down, relax, and turn inward, which helps alleviate stress and restore your energy levels.
Meridians ( or Qi in Yin Yang Style) are the channels through which energy flows. The yin yoga sequence works on the movements of energy through different channels. Each yoga pose of the sequence focuses on one of the five-elements ( i.e. water, wood, fire, metal, and earth).
The 12 standard meridians, also called Principal Meridians, are divided into Yin and Yang groups. The Yin meridians of the arm are the Lung, Heart, and Pericardium. The Yang meridians of the arm are the Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and Triple Burner. The Yin Meridians of the leg are the Sple...
The pericardium takes care of protecting the heart and the triple warmer balances various forms of energy (qi), including the harmony of hormonal function. Together these four meridians are in charge of the processing, storage, and distribution of vital energy and therefore the maintenance of life.
This yin yoga sequence for the late summer emphasizes poses that target the quadriceps and the front body. This sequence also targets the Spleen and Stomach meridians in Chinese medicine. Meridians are considered channels where Qi or the basic life force of the body flows.
Lung & Large Intestine are the organs of the metal element and the Autumn season. Together these organs form a protective layer against pathogenic factors that often enter through the respiratory and digestive systems.
The season of winter is represented by the element of water, the depths below the surface. The meridian system pair that is highlighted in the season of winter is the Kidney and Bladder meridian lines (energetic pathways that carry the qi or life force of our being in this body).