Each element in Chinese Medicine is linked to the organs they support. Spring is the season for renewed growth and is the time to stretch our tendons, clean our liver, clean our gal bladder, and release lingering anger. The liver controls muscles and tendons, so if you have tight joints or recurring joint problems this could mean an over-stressed liver.
Poses to tonify the liver and gall bladder include inversions, back bends, twists and forward bends.
The following yoga poses are from the Yoga Journal, focusing on on poses that specifically benefit the liver.
- Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose) This pose gently lengthens and strengthens even stubbornly tight hamstrings.
- Marjaryasana (Cat Pose ) This pose provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs.
- Bitilasana (Cow Pose) Cow Pose is an easy, gentle way to warm up the spine.
- Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose) Abdominal and deep hip flexor strengthener, requires you to balance on the tripod of your sitting bones and tailbone.
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) Paschimottanasana can help a distracted mind unwind.
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) Calms the brain and rejuvenates tired legs.
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) This posture promotes flexibility in the spine and encourages the chest to open.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) One of the most widely recognized yoga poses... an all-over, rejuvenating stretch.
- Malasana (Garland Pose) This pose stretches the ankles, groin, and back torso. If your heels don't reach the floor, rest them on a folded blanket.
- Sphinx Pose Sphinx Pose is the infant of backbends. It can be practiced with either an active or passive approach.
- Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulder stand) This version of Shoulder stand is performed with blanket support under the shoulders.
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog) Upward-Facing Dog will challenge you to lift and open your chest.
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) Uttanasana will wake up your hamstrings and soothe your mind.
Would you be interested in seeing more recommended yoga posts for different seasons?
xox, Dr. G