In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the spring season is associated with the Liver (yin) and Gallbladder (yang) organs. The liver meridian starts in the big toe, comes through the inner ankle, and runs up the inside of the leg above the kidney meridian. The liver chi running through this meridian is said to be responsible for the overall flow of energy through the body and for inner detoxification. It's good to stimulate the liver meridian during this time of year as it helps us be better prepared to change and adapt with the season.
Yin poses that stimulate the liver meridian are ones like dragonfly pose (see description in the previous blog on the winter season) and reclining butterfly pose where we lay flat and bring the soles of the feet together. It's also good to do overstepping dragon (low lunge) to help remove any blockages in the ankles which would prevent the body's ability to absorb energy from the earth through the liver meridian.
Tips for Spring
- Walk outside barefoot to absorb the energy of the earth through the liver meridian.
- Try Milk Thistle to support the liver.
- Eat leafy greens and sprouts (go by and see my friend, Clarissa, at Full Lotus Cafe on 9th St).
- Practice loving-kindness (mettha) meditation.