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The Taoist Element of Water

Following up on our journey through all the Taoist elements, this article is about my favourite one: Water.

For Water, the surface is only the beginning, with the real movement hidden in its depths. It is all about inner reflection, grounding and perseverance. The Water energy provides us direction in the quest of finding meaning in life.

This element represents intelligence and wisdom. Water is flexible yet strong, flowing yet still, calm yet dangerous. It is the most yin of all elements and the most powerful. Water can, in time, eventually dissolve any obstacles in its path, even stone, without loosing its essential nature.

Water is also the profound element connecting life and death. It carries not only the original essence we were born with but also our ability to reproduce, grow and develop. Also subconscious fear is a main theme here: With this energy free flowing we are able to embrace fear in a state of full clarity and continue to advance or retreat appropriate in the face of it. The Water Element is the home of our instinct and intuition. With this element in balance we are able to balance our energies, acknowledging when rest is needed to not to become depleted or running empty. We know who we are and honour our boundaries. If we are able to flow like water around unimportant problems rather than unconsciously falling back to our stress response we nurture our precious adaptive energies. Here is the place of a general feeling of wellbeing.

The Water energy carries our basic trust in the flow of life. But we can never hold water actively – it literally slips through our fingers, so energetically there is a level of trust and surrender required in order to be able to hold a vessel or even maybe the Holy Grail, to hold the waters of life.

If you want to know more join us on our Zoom classes. I will tell you all about it and you can actually practice the relating yin poses and acupressure points to address these water energies within us.

Check it out, it would be lovely to see you on screen.

#YinHealing

Yin Yoga Healing (60min + 30min Q&A)

Sundays • Germany 11am • India 2:30 pm • UTC 9 am

And as always it is all about the balance, you can join us for an active Yang Flow as well.

#MoveYourChi

Yang Yoga Flow to Get Active

Saturdays • Germany 2:30 pm • India 6 pm • UCT 12:30 am

Just send me your email address at yinyogatherapytraining@gmail.com for the invite.

With love from Goa, Alexandra

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Journey Through the Taoist Elements

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Starting this Sunday we will go in our regular Zoom meetings on a journey through all the Taoist Elements and their healing wisdom. 

The Taoist theory assigns each of the elements Water, Earth, Wood, Fire and Metal a series of abstract generalizations and then applies them to the classification of all phenomena. With the methodology of ‘comparing similarity to expose phenomenon’ the elements and their characteristics state a correlation between the human body and the natural environment. Each element has its own repertory of relationships amongst all things that compose the physical world and the human body. 

It is seen as a metaphor of how everything influences each other and is in constant change and transformation and serves as the theoretical basis of the bond between the universe, human and nature.

We will begin this exploration in our upcoming meeting with the element of Wood.

The Wood energy is an expression of life at its strongest. Here is the home of new ideas, new thoughts and transformation. Wood is symbolizing the energy of spring, youth and growth: a new beginning, a vision – a wave of rising energy. Here we find the desire to assert who we are and the ability to express our creative energy in the world.

One of the main emotions associated with Wood is anger. This can be understood by the blocking of the movement of Wood towards the outside and upward. When there is obstruction to any movement, the outcome is frustration and anger. With the Wood Element in balance we are able to transmute unconscious irritability and frustration or anger of our controlling patterns that arise if life doesn’t play along with our often very limited self-focused desires.

A free flow of Wood energy within provides us with a sense of flexibility and the ability to adapt, it drives us along the path to self-realization, determined that we grow. Growing tall there is a view around to see all sides and every option. Seeing the directions we must take with us the wood energy of expansion; moving ahead, rising above and branching out to live our life to the fullest in harmony with nature. Taking control of our responsibilities and being responsible for our actions.

 

Taking this wisdom into our yin yoga practice we work with the liver and gallbladder meridian. All poses that involve hip openings and rotations as well as all side twist are ideal to address the Wood element in the body.

Both meridians run along the leg and hip. A side opening action of the torso and the outside body stimulates especially the gallbladder channel, the liver meridian gets addressed with sensations in the inside leg, the groin area, and twists as it flows from the leg of one side of the body all the way to the other lateral side of the abdomen. The Swan is probably one of the more popular Wood pose, but think for example Shoelace with a Side Twist.

 

And of course there is a wonderful acupressure point as well – LR 3: (Tai Chong / Supreme Surge).

Livers most prominent point LR 3 is easy to stimulate with finger pressure on the top of your foot in the hollow between 1st and 2nd metatarsal toe extension. This meridian is related to the “smooth flow of chi”, and it is your point especially for all release action, for example it works great for muscle cramps as well. Generally, liver energy likes to move, so pressing this point helps to get emotions, thoughts, and physical blockages moving. It’s great for overall stress, headaches, menstrual irregularities, pain and cramps. 

On Sunday i will show you exactly where to find that point and what we can do with it. 

And as always, for the balance we offer you a yang class as well. Check it out, it would be lovely to see you on screen.

#YinHealing
Yin Yoga Healing with Acupressure to Boost Your Immunity (60min + 30min Q&A)
Every Sunday
• Germany 11am • India 2:30 pm • UTC 9 am

#MoveYourChi
Yang Yoga Flow to Get Active
Every Saturday
• Germany 2:30 pm • India 6 pm • UCT 12:30 am

Just send me your email address at yinyogatherapytraining@gmail.com for the invite.

With love from Goa, Alexandra

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Pose of the week: Anahatasana – Melting Heart

The Anahatasana is one of our favorite poses, a great combination of opening your heart and chest area, bending your upper and middle back and gives a subtle reverse of your organs. Vitalizes the whole body!

When?

A great asana to do after a day of work behind the desk, when your shoulders and upper back are bending forward most of the time – unconsciously. After doing this asana you feel like reborn again. And visualizing the great name, the Melting Heart, while being in this pose, makes you melt into the earth even more. Also, this is a great counter pose after a series of lower back bends, or can be used as a warm up for more intensive backbends like Sphinx or Seal.

How?

To get into this pose, begin in table pose on your hands and knees. If you already feel some pain in your knees, put a blanket underneath it. Walk the hands forwards, making sure your hips stay right above the knees. Gently sink your heart towards the mat, thinking of that Melting Heart… Stay in this pose for 3 to 5 minutes. To come out of the pose you simple bring your hips down to your heels into Child’s Pose. Another option is to slide forward with your belly to the ground.

Benefits

  • Helps to open the shoulders and upper back
  • Creates space around the heart
  • Creates space around the organs in the belly
  • Meridians lines of the Urinary Bladder on back, Stomach, Spleen, Kidney in your abdomen, Heart, Lung, large and small Intestine in arms are stimulated