In my last blog, I wrote about the beginning of the Yin season where things start to change. Now that the winter solstice has passed we are in what is considered to be full yin season where the days are all short and the weather stays colder. It's a time where we turn inward instead of outward; a time for reflection instead of activity.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidneys are the yin organ associated with the season of winter. It is important to take care of our kidneys as they are considered the seat of all health and energy. Practicing yin poses like dragonfly and saddle can stimulate the kidney meridian. In dragonfly, the legs are spread as wide as is comfortable in a seated position and then the upper body folds as far forward as it can. If forward folding is challenging to your body, try the pose with your legs up the wall instead. It will have the same effect on the kidney meridian.
Tips for the Season