Of all the seasons, winter time is the most Yin. The energy of winter is traditionally dark, cold, slow and inward like the sap in the trees in winter withdrawing deep into the roots for hibernation and regeneration in preparation for spring. As a part of nature, we need to allow ourselves to be more introspective, slow and reflective.
This is a time to restore and put on recharge what are known affectionately in traditional Chinese medicine, (TCM) as the body’s batteries - our Kidneys. As our kidneys are responsible for the release of any fear based blocks/responses in our bodies and a part of our fight or flight response, this also has a balancing effect on our stress levels, sleep, fertility and creativity.
Here is a sequence for winter that will restore your energy as if you’ve been plugged into a charger, so that when spring rolls around we have a green light to unfurl and go!
Props needed – bolster or cushions and pillows, a blanket, and /or a yoga block.
Situation – warm, cozy and undisturbed by life for the next 35 mins. Turn off your phone, light some candles and put on your favorite playlist (yin playlists curated by Mel can be found on spotify mel-918)
How to take this sequence as a Kidney tonic
Do anytime of day or early evening- in full or in part one or two at a time. Consistency is key – a little bit often over just one big session every now and again (sometimes I even do some of these poses from the comfort of my bed!)
We will stretch and compress the tissues of the back of the body to bring about change in the fascia and Acu channels of Kidney and urinary bladder .As we stimulate these channels the intelligence of the Qi (energy) is what rely on to balance the energy in yin yoga
We will stay quietly “still-ish” for a few minutes (3-5) in each shape allowing the tissues of your back body to relax or be compressed as you focus on breathing and/or the sensations that are occurring in your body physically or as feelings or in your mind as thoughts.