Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Liver and Gallbladder
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.
The sequence below targets the Liver and Gallbladder channels. To learn more about the Gallbladder channel be sure to check out my post on the lateral sheath. I also created a video about the wood element and a post on the season of spring which are directly related to the liver and gallbladder.
Acupressure Point Liver 3 (Tai Chong)
Add pressure to this point during the below sequence to increase targeting of the Liver meridian. According to Chinese Medicine the Liver generally likes energy to move so pressing this point is especially helpful if you've been feeling tense or stressed.
The point is located on the tops of both feet between the bones of the big toe and second toe. Most people find a place near this area that feels a little more sensitive. Use gentle pressure to begin and slowly increase. Hold the point anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute or so dependant on your preference.
Yin Yoga Sequence for Liver and Gallbladder Meridians:
** Hold poses between 3-5 min. depending on your ability
I hope you enjoy the sequence! Let me know in the comments if you tried it out and what you discovered :)
See you next time!