Acupressure for Yin Yoga

Acupressure for Yin Yoga

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (and many other eastern healing arts), the body contains channels of Qi or prana. These channels are called meridians in Chinese Medicine and they act as gateways to the "energetic" or "subtle body" system.

Each channel is related to a pair of internal organs and can be activated through acupuncture, touch, movement or meditation. Along each of these channels lie acupressure points which have specific functions and/or actions.

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Meals in Bowls : 4 Quick and Easy Recipes

Meals in Bowls : 4 Quick and Easy Recipes

The struggle to find healthy ideas for meals is a big one. In fact, it's one of the most common questions I get in my private practice. The thing is, eating healthy and on the go, can be easy. Oftentimes, it just means simplifying. For years I've been making meals of combining basic ingredients in a single bowl. I've seen this called many things, and some of my favorite restaurants even have their favorite twist on this tried and true technique. Recently, I even saw a book on this very topic. The book "Whole Bowls" from yummybeet author Allison Day provides plenty of inspiration!

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New Yin Yoga Practice Video

New Yin Yoga Practice Video

In a yin yoga style practice postures are softly held (mostly on the floor) for long periods of time. 

Holding a yin yoga posture creates circulation in the tissues and joints keeping them flexible and supple, calms the nervous system, and increases circulation of Prana or Qi in the energetic channel system of the body.

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Strengthen Your Core

Strengthen Your Core

Over the last couple of months I've been exploring Thomas Myer's book Anatomy Trains, and the teachings of Tias Little, in a series of posts related to the "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths of the body.

These planes are a wonderful way to understand how movement, including asana (yoga postures), affect the physical structure of the body. In addition, the planes provide a helpful map in understanding how to use body mechanics and movement, therapeutically, to address specific imbalances.  

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Spleen and Stomach Meridians

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Spleen and Stomach Meridians

Within our yin yoga practice we can practice sequences of poses that directly target areas of the physical body as well as specific meridian lines. Meridians are considered channels where Qi or Prana flows. Qi is the basic life force of the body. Having enough Qi flowing smoothly in the meridians is key to health and longevity in body and mind.  

While each pose effects multiple meridians at a time we can combine the poses in a sequence to emphasize one or two meridians.

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Open the Ventral Plane

Open the Ventral Plane

The "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths provide a helpful map when trying to understand how patterns of positive and negative stress relay and transfer through the structures of the body. In previous weeks I explored the lateral plane and the dorsal plane. Follow along in an exploration of the ventral plane below.

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Yin Yoga Sequence for the Heart and Lung Meridians

Yin Yoga Sequence for the Heart and Lung Meridians

Within our yin yoga practice we can practice sequences of poses that directly target areas of the physical body as well as specific meridian lines. Meridians are considered channels where Qi or Prana flows. Qi is the basic life force of the body. Having enough Qi flowing smoothly in the meridians is key to health and longevity in body and mind.  

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Release the Back Body

Release the Back Body

The "myo-fascial" lines, planes, or sheaths provide a helpful map when trying to understand how patterns of positive and negative stress relay and transfer through the structures of the body. 

When studying human structure we often name individual anatomical parts as if they are separate from all other parts. This of course, is not true; everything is deeply connected within the body. One of the ways the body remains connected is through the fascia. The bodies fascia can be extremely dense, and at other times very fine. The stronger qualities of fascia help to maintain structure; its more flexible and fluid nature helps to facilitate organs, bones, and muscles sliding and gliding against one another. In particular, the myo-fascial planes provide a template for the yoga practitioner to understand how patterns of movement (through postures or asana) affect the body. 

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