As we move from Fall towards Winter, we begin to move into a slow, quiet and feminine energy. Staying in tune with the seasons that happen around us is very important if we want to stay balanced and happy in our daily lives. The energy of Winter is closely related to the Kidneys in the body. In order to transition into Winter with effortless grace we must take the time in our yoga practice to detoxify and balance the kidneys.
The kidneys are closely associated with fear, depression, anxiety, loneliness, lack of enthusiasm, insecurity and low sex drive. The kidneys are also said to be our store house of vital energy that we rely on in times of stress & times of sickness, so if your kidneys are overloaded with toxins then you'll be more prone to stress and illnesses. Also the kidneys store the energy that helps our bodies to age with grace and beauty.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may want to try the below Yin detox series.
Hold each posture for a min of 2mins and a max of 20mins. If you begin to experience pain come out of the posture right away.
See the photo's at the bottom if you are confused about what poses are being referred too, they are in the order listed below.
2) Hero (knee's bent or legs extended long.)
3)Sphinx and end with Seal (30 seconds to 60 seconds)
4) Child's Pose
5) 1/2 Dragonfly (right & left side)
7) Seated Forward Fold legs together
8) Draw knees to the chest and rock from side to side.
9) Shavasana with bolster under the knees.
As the kidneys begin to balance you'll begin to feel: lighter, more vibrant, calm, clear, wise, gentle and confident. Winter and the kidneys both have the same element... water so to help your well being this winter increase your water intake and take the time to go though the above yin series once a month or as needed.
Light and Love,