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Welcome to Spring

Welcome to the Wood Element

The wood element in Chinese Five-Element Theory embodies qualities of growth, flexibility, and vitality.  It is most alive in the Spring season and governs aspects of our lives related to ambition, creativity, and planning.  When the wood element is in balance, we feel motivated, adaptable, and able to pursue our goals with resilience. However, imbalances in the wood element can manifest in various ways, such as feeling stuck, rigid, or overwhelmed by frustration and anger.

The Liver and Gallbladder: Guardians of the Wood Energy.

The organs associated with the wood element are the liver and gallbladder.  These hardworking organs are tasked with regulating the flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body. The liver's primary functions include detoxification, blood purification, and the smooth flow of emotions, while the gallbladder supports digestion and decision-making processes. 

 

Below are some quick ways to assess your liver energy as well as what you can do to support the organs and the element of wood.

The practices and suggestions are not designed to offer a diagnosis nor should they be used as a  substitute for professional medical treatment.  If you have specific health concerns or conditions, it's always best to consult with a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner, your GP or healthcare professional.

Signs of Balance and Imbalance: Listening to Your Body

Tuning into your body can offer valuable insights into your alignment with the Wood energy. Signs of balance may include a sense of purpose, adaptability to change, and emotional resilience. Conversely, symptoms of imbalance such as irritability, indecision, headaches, eye issues and digestive issues may indicate a disruption in the flow of liver Qi.

Aligning with the Wood Element: Cultivating Harmony and Vitality

To realign with the Wood element and restore balance, we can incorporate simple self-care practices into our daily routine. Prioritise activities that promote liver health, such as eating a balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and managing stress through mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

 

By nurturing the Wood energy within us, we can harness the power of renewal and embrace the season of growth and renewal with open arms.

Self-Care Tips for Supporting the Wood Element:

  1. Start your day with warm lemon water to support liver detoxification. Or try body brushing or tongue-scraping.

  2. Incorporate sour foods such as lemons, grapefruit, pickles and vinegar as in TCM they are believed to support liver health by promoting detoxification and aiding digestion.

  3. Practice yoga poses and stretches to promote flexibility and release tension.

  4. Spend time in nature, connecting with the rejuvenating energy of the outdoors.  Nature can restore our balance and perspective, helping us realign with our innate rhythms.

  5. Engage in creative activities that inspire growth and innovation, such as journaling, art or dancing. 

  6. Practice Qigong which combines gentle movements, breathwork, and visulisation to balance the flow of qi (life force energy) within the body.

  7. Declutter. By clearing away stagnant energy, organising your enviornment, and letting go of the past, you create space for fresh opportunities and possibilities to blossom.  Nature is a great teacher for this.

Meditations & Energy Practices

Self-Acupressure for Stress Relief

The liver is greatly affected by stress.  Putting stress-relieving practices into our daily lives will support our physical and emotional health. 

This seated routine involves gentle tapping, the holding of certain points and a meditation to leave you feeling grounded, anchored and calm.

This class is 36 mins long.  Please note that many of these points are contraindicated in pregnancy so I would advise not to practice this class if you are pregnant. 

Dissolving Emotions with the Inner Smile Meditation

 

Everyone has emotions and feelings, but not everyone is naturally in touch and able to express their emotional energy. In Chinese medicine, the body and mind influence one another, what is felt emotionally is both held and expressed through the body. Join me for a discussion and meditation that is both physically healing and emotionally balancing.

This class is 41 minutes long where we are hoping to transform the patterns of energy that get stuck or blocked within the body so that they may be expressed gracefully rather than repressed or released impulsively.

Movement Practices

 Tapping into Your Energy Flow

Wake up, unlock and support every system in your body with this 12-minute routine. 

 

Feel alive, invigorated and ready to start your day.
 

Leaning into Cycles to Support our Growth.

Join me for this 26 min ladder flow as we remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In this practice, we build our flow slowly by stacking on one pose at a time as well as reversing our steps back to the beginning, which means by the end of the class, you will have memorised a complete flow and your body and mind will have had a good work out and a good work in respectively.

 

Aside from starting and finishing in a seated position, (there is no savasana although you can totally add that on) you do not need any props and this whole class is done standing. I hope you enjoy.

Yin Yoga for the Hips (58 mins)

This is a yin practice for the hips.  For many of us, the hips can be an area that can feel tight and restricted.  In our yin practice, we are given the space and time to meet our edges with softness and patience which serves to create more space and openness.

 

You will need 2 blocks and a blanket.

Golden Seed

This a variation on a sequence called Golden Seed.  It is a nice short (13 mins) grounding practice that also helps to stimulate energy flow.  We end with planting a seed of an intention.

You can use this practice on its own or as a warm-up for a longer practice.

Yoga and Somatics for the Side Body

Using both somatics and yoga to help open up the side body gives us more room to move and breathe.

 

You can even do the somatics practice on its own if you like and it is what we begin with.  You can do this practice off the yoga mat so either on a carpeted or better yet, a wooden floor for extra slide and glide.

 

For the yoga practice, you'll need your mat, a blanket and 2 blocks

This is a 53- minute practice.

Wake up Sleepy Head (37 mins)

This class is designed to help you get up and going so it is perfect for the mornings or anytime you're experiencing an energy slump.

 

Starting slow, we'll build up a little fire in the body along with the perfect fusion of intention and gratitude.  You may benefit from two blocks.

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