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MERIDIANS

As we do the postures, we notice over and over, how they touch more than just our physical selves, they touch our minds, our nervous systems, our habits, our emotions.

While the myofascial meridian lines are not energy channels, they are lines of pull, based on standard Western anatomy, they do show correspondence to the Chinese Meridian Theory. We can further look to Chinese Medicine and learn about their specific meridians that our practice can affect in beneficial ways and how each organ has many energetic components that affect us physically, emotionally and mentally. 

Deep Front Line - Meditative - Spleen & Stomach

Lateral Line - Side 'Bends' - Liver & Gallbladder

Superficial Front Line - Back Bends - Kidney & Bladder

Superficial Back Line - Forward Bends - Kidney & Bladder

Spiral Line - Twists - Liver & Gallbladder

Arm Lines - Arm Balances - Lung, Heart & Intestines 

Functional Line - Inversions - Pericardium & Triple Heater

As we do the postures, we notice over and over, how they touch more than just our physical selves, they touch our minds, our nervous systems, our habits and our emotions. For insights we turn to the study of the Chinese Meridians, which although different to the physical myofascial chains, they correspond with each other. There is even evidence to suggest that the principle meridians likely exist in the myofascial layer of the human body. Understanding them can help shed some light into what we're feeling on a deeper level and how we can balance our energy and emotions. 

Deep Front Line - Meditative - Liver & Kidney Meridians

Lateral Line - Side 'Bends' - Gallbladder Meridian

Superficial Front Line - Back Bends - Bladder Meridian

Superficial Back Line - Forward Bends - Stomach Meridian

Spiral Line - Twists - Stomach & Bladder Meridians

Arm Lines - Arm Balances - Lung, Heart & Intestines Meridians

Functional Line - Inversions - Pericardium & Triple Heater Meridians

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228503992_Myofascial_Meridians_as_Anatomical_Evidence_of_Acupuncture_Channels

THE KIDNEY-BLADDER PAIR OF MERIDIANS

The Kidney Meridian flows up the interior and centre of the body, while the Urinary Bladder Meridian flows down the entire back of the body and the kidney organ opens up into the bladder. 

     - ENERGETIC QUALITIES

     - EMOTIONAL QUALITIES

     - MENTAL QUALITIES

  • Element: Water

  • Function: Regulates water volume, coordinates respiration, and stores Jing: our essence. 

  • Emotion: Fear and wisdom

  • Signs of disharmony: When our Kidney/Urinary bladder chi is imbalanced, we hold on to things and people, unable to let go. As we fearfully stop trusting people around us, we lack trust in ourselves as well.

  • Yin Yoga poses for Kidney/Urinary Bladder meridian: Butterfly, Caterpillar, Child’s pose, Dangling, Dragon, Dragonfly, Reclined Twist, Saddle, Seal, Snail Square, Squat, and Swan

liver -gallbladder 

PAIR OF MERIDIANS

     - ELEMENT

Wood

     - FUNCTION

Stores blood, regulates Qi flow, seat of our soul

     - ENERGETIC QUALITIES

Liver Qi governs the overall healthy flow of energy and responsible for creating an easy going disposition and internal atmosphere. Kidney Qi is responsible for a vibrant quality of inner energy. Liver Qi 

     - EMOTIONAL QUALITIES

     - MENTAL QUALITIES

 

Anger and kindness

Signs of disharmony: When Liver/Gallbladder Qi is unbalanced, frustration and defensiveness can occur; or we may feel paralyzed and unable to stand up for ourselves. We tend to make rash and impulsive decisions. Petty annoyances can become a towering rages.

spleen - stomach  PAIR OF MERIDIANS

The Spleen Meridian begins at the medial side of the big toe and comes up the inside leg, just nest to the Liver channel It goes into the torso through the groin, enters the stomach and the spleen, goes up through the diaphragm, chest and heart and ends at the root of the tongue. The Stomach Meridian begins at the nose and goes through the diaphragm, into the stomach and spleen, moves down along the top of the leg and ends at the 2nd toe

     - ENERGETIC QUALITIES

     - EMOTIONAL QUALITIES

     - MENTAL QUALITIES

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