Yin Yoga, Massage and Aromatherapy for Energy

by Melissa West on January 11, 2017

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Yin Yoga and Aromatherapy

It is winter and you may have noticed you have a strong desire to withdraw and hibernate. This is a natural tendency at this time of year as nature turns inwards and the days are shorter. The days are literally colder and there is a natural tend propensity to contract in our physical bodies.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter season is the time that kidney energy can weaken as well. This can add to our experience of low energy.

The kidneys are the dominant organ of winter. The kidneys step up with energy when our energy is low, but when we work overtime, become stressed or push too much even when we are exhausted our kidney organ can become over-taxed.

Today we are going to take some time in a yin yoga pose called butterfly pose to stimulate your kidney meridian.

Your kidney meridian begins at your little toe in each foot, runs up through the sole of your foot, through your arch and inside of your knees and legs. It enters your torso near your tailbone. We will focus on the part of your kidney meridian along the sole of your foot and your inner thighs.

In addition we will massage the kidney meridian along the sole of your feet and inner thighs to stimulate your kidney meridian and the aromatherapy of Bergamot, Lemongrass and Jasmine awakens your body and bring energy in the darker winter months.

Benefits of Bergamot – relieves stress and muscle tension, relieves headaches, antidepressant

Benefits of Lemongrass – boosts energy, relieves headaches, relieves muscle pain

Benefits of Jasmine – Helps to relax and uplift your spirit, relieves stress, anxiety and lifts depression

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If you would like more support this winter season, I highly recommend our yoga for winter series in our membership community.

This is a five class series one for each week-day designed to balance your body during the winter months. According to traditional chinese medicine the kidneys/adrenal glands are the yin organs of the winter season and the bladder is the yang organ of for this time of year. Ayurvedic medicine calls winter Kapha Dosha time. Winter is a time of year when nature is inactive, everything slows down and so should we. Here are the classes for the days of the week. Monday: Kidney and Kidney Meridians, Tuesday: Bladder and Bladder Meridians, Wednesday: Kapha Dosha, Thursday: Adrenal Glands and Adrenal Fatigue, Friday: Restorative Yoga.

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