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.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Spleen and Stomach
The sequence below targets the Spleen and Stomach channels. Watch my video on the digestive system to learn more about coming into harmony with these earth element channels.
Acupressure Point Spleen 6 (San Yin Jiao)
Add pressure to this point during the below sequence to increase targeting of the Spleen meridian. According to Chinese Medicine the Spleen can become stagnant with too much processed or sweet food. Pressing this point is especially helpful if you've been feeling heavy or you've been having digestive disturbance.
The point is located on the inner side of the leg. Measure about 4 finger widths above the inner ankle. 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 the Spleen and Stomach Meridians:
** Hold poses between 3-5 min. depending on your ability
Childs Pose (then go back to dragon and repeat the other side)
I hope you enjoy the sequence! Let me know in the comments if you tried it out and what you discovered :)