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Posts Tagged ‘Yin Yoga Teacher Training’

Energetic Eating

Posted by terrepruitt on August 27, 2018

Chinese Medicine is very interesting. I could be wrong in my understanding of it, but I believe their emphasis is more on PREVENTING disease than on treating or curing disease. I mean, if you don’t get it or have it you don’t have to treat it or cure it. I took a workshop this past weekend called The Yin and Yang of Nutrition: Customizing Your Diet for Optimal Health. You may recall, if you read any of the posts, that I took Yin Yoga Teacher Training earlier this year. During that training the teacher would mention things that had us all wanting more, so some of the information in the nutrition workshop could be related to the information in the Yin Yoga Teacher Training. There was a lot of information and I can’t write as fast as she can talk and flip slides. I managed to get one chunk of information that is the basis of it. But then from that there is a lot more information, of course. I managed to get that there is a food color and a food flavor related to the organ combinations. The flavor in excess can over stimulate the organs. There is also a direction in which the energy flows.

In our Yin Yoga Teacher Training when they would bring up the Five elements and their relation to the organ combinations they would also mention the emotions one might be strongly feeling when their was an imbalance and the tease would come when they mentioned food. In this workshop we received more information. It was explained that Chinese Medicine is not about calories or macronutrients (carbohydrates (sugar), lipids (fats), and proteins) but about balancing the Qi. And, of course, balance comes via moderation. So the idea isn’t necessarily to NOT eat certain foods, but to eat necessary food to balance your Qi.

I am not going to share all that we were told because one of the things this training continued to remind us is that nutrition is VERY individualized.

Dr. Oz was even brought up because people often say that he contradicts himself all the time in that on one show he will say, “EAT THIS TO BE HEALTHY” and then on a show the following weeks say, “YOU SHOULDN’T EAT THAT”. And, in my opinion he is just highlight the trends and explaining how things are good for you. But good for you is not good for everyone. So having a show that is for everyone makes it look like he changes his mind when in actuality he is just talking to the masses.

There is a lot of nuance in eating because we all have different needs. And our needs change. There is a tool that is used to help to know what to eat, but I am not going to get into that now. So keep in mind that everything is a guide and individuals have to dance their own dance.

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You can see, from my little handwritten chart, that in general the food color that is associated with Wood is green. Fire is red, Earth is yellow and orange, Metal is white, and Water is black. If your liver or gall bladder Qi is out of balance you may experience excessive anger. With your heart or small intestine Qi you may be experiencing anxiety, spleen or stomach may have you worried or obsessively thinking, lungs or large intestine may have you feeling sad, and kidneys or bladder could cause shock and fear. The flavor stimulates the organs and Qi so too much is not good as it can damage the organs. Again, it is all about moderation.

If you eat to balance your energy (Qi) then you would be eating all the flavors and all the colors.  So that idea of eating foods of all different colors is kind of in line with this.  Keeping in mind that the “food” referred to is not prepackaged, over processed “food stuff”, but meat, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds type of food.

Do you eat all of these colors?  Do you eat all of these flavors?

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Pink Alstroemeria

Posted by terrepruitt on July 13, 2018

In June I posted a Friday Photo of these same flowers but in yellow. One of my friends in my Tuesday yoga class said they are alstroemeria. I believe my mother-in-law had told me that before. She was a gardener. My friend just had all different colors of these flowers put in her yard. This is not a picture of her flowers, it is a picture of my friend from Yin Yoga Teacher Training’s flowers.

I love these flowers, they come in a large variety of colors and they usually last a long time when brought in the house and used as decoration.

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Amazonite Stone

Posted by terrepruitt on July 2, 2018

At the end of the Yin Yoga Teacher Training the instructors gave us a stone. We were to reach in and pull one out. The stones were all the same stone, but they were in different shapes. I had decided I was just going to reach in and pull out the first stone I touched. I wasn’t going to root around and try to find a shape I wanted. I just reached in and my hand came out with a heart shaped stone. YAY! I love heart shaped stones. The stone we were given was Amazonite.

Of course he told us about the stone before he gave it to us, but I forgot and I had to do some internet research in order to post this.

The stone is helpful to both the heart chakra and throat chakra. It is said to be a releasing and calming stone. So it can help you release things from your heart and also help you speak the truth. It can assist with communications. It also helps one see both sides of a situation. Because of these benefits it helps with relationships.

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It also helps block the pollution from the various devices around that can effect our health.

If you are one to believe in the energetic and healing properties of stones, this one is a good one to have around. It is a soft green color. It is pretty. And I am happy I grabbed the heart.

The following sites have more detailed information, in case you are interested:

Energy Muse Amazonite / Crystal Vaults Amazonite / The Healing Chest Amozonite

Is this stone something you might be interested in? 

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Jing Well Points Of The Hands

Posted by terrepruitt on May 7, 2018

The Yin Yoga Teacher Training I am taking has been one weekend a month since February. This month we are going to meet two times. This will be our final month. When we were first introduced to Jing Well Points the introduction was made with the points on both the hands and feet. We went on to learn about the sinew meridians associated with the legs and how they began at the jing well points on the feet. I posted about the Jing Well Points of the Feet first. Then I posted about the Leg Meridians in two separate post as there are Yin Leg Meridians and Yang Leg Meridians. First off, to make sure we are all on the same page, some believe there is Qi or energy moving through the body. The Qi moves through the body via channels or meridians. These meridians have starting points called Jing Well Points. There are many meridians in the body but our teacher training is focusing on the Sinew Meridians. They are less exact and the most superficial. They are the easiest to target by Yin Yoga. My posts about all of this so far has just been a way for me to somewhat sort out all the information I am getting. And to share it with you. These post are brief in the information as there is SO much. This post is about the jing well points in the hand.

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There are six jing well points on the hand . . . just like the feet. And just like the feet, they are bilateral. So the left AND right thumb have the lung jing well point and so on. The jing well point for the small intestine is at the nail bed on the lateral side of the pinky. At the base of the nail bed of the pinky on the medial side is the heart jing well point. The lateral side of the ring finger at the nail bed is the jing well point of the Triple Heater. The tip of the middle finger is where the jing will point of the pericardium is. The medial side of the index finger at the nail bed is where the jing well point of the large intestine is. And the lungs’s jing well point is at the nail bed of the thumb.

Also, just like the leg sinew meridians there are Yin Arm Sinews and Yang Arm Sinews.

The jing well points can be activated by touch and pressure or movement. So as in my comment on my post about jing well points in the feet, the jing well points in the hands can be affected by acupressure or reflexology.

Most Yin Yoga poses focus on the leg meridians, there are ways to incorporate the arm meridians into the poses. There are a few arm poses, but most of them incorporate the legs meridians too.

Next we will learn the path of the arm meridians. Exciting, yes?

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Six Levels Or Divisions of Qi

Posted by terrepruitt on April 18, 2018

While I write about all this stuff I am learning  in the Yin Yoga Teacher Training, I would like to say that I need to reserve the right to amend or correct anything that I post about. I am typing off the top of my head as a learning tool. Then I review my notes and revise my writing. My notes are not complete as I cannot write everything down that is being said and sometimes someone will ask a question and the answer takes us WAY off the path that we were on but the information is interesting so the notes get jumbled when the person teaching us tries to get back onto the path they were going down. So much information! In conjunction with the Module regarding the Yang Leg Sinew Channels we reviewed the six divisions or levels of Qi.

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There are the levels of Yang Qi and Levels of Yin Qi. The Yang Levels are Tai Yang, Shao Yang, and Yang Ming. The Yin Levels are Tai Yin, Shao Yin, and Jue Yin. Each level has associated “organs” and associated meridians. The levels have two organ associations, the yang levels have yang organs and the yin levels have yin organs, and each level has a leg and an arm meridian associated with it and it’s corresponding organ.

The organs associated with Tai Yang are the bladder and the small intestine.
The organs associated with Shao Yang are the gall bladder and triple heater.
The organs associated with Yang Ming are the stomach and large intestine.
The organs associated with Tai Yin are the spleen and lungs.
The organs associated with Shao Yin are the kidneys and the heart.
The organs associated with Jue Yin are the liver and pericardium.

Since I have not yet posted about the hand jing well points and we have not even reviewed the arm meridians I did not include them on the attached chart. I probably should have since I will have to redo it to include them. I just wanted the organs that I have posted about on it so that there wasn’t too much information. There is so much information, I seem to do better having it in pieces.

As you can see from the chart and you can probably figure out the organs and meridians are the same. I’ve noted the jing well points of each meridian so that I can have that in my mind.

With each level there is associated issues when there is weakness in that level.

Weakness of the Tai Yang could show up as any pain, if moving causes pain.
Weakness of the Shao Yang – Pain or difficulty rotating the arms, legs, head, torso, hips. Also lateral flexion of the neck or torso.
Weakness of the Yang Ming – Pain or difficulty with flexion of the neck or torso. Pain when gripping with hands. Also if it is painful to stand.
Weakness of the Tai Yin – If pain when sitting or flexion of the front of the body.
Weakness of the Shao Yin – Pain or difficulty rotating the legs as when sitting in a cross legged position.
Weakness of the Jue Yin – Pain when lying down. Or if the body twitches.

One way to help with the weakness is to do Yin Yoga to help get the Qi flowing. Knowing which level is associated with which organ and meridian is how that can be addressed. But if you are practicing Yin Yoga the idea is to get the Qi flowing smoothly throughout the entire body so one doesn’t even have to focus too much on which level might need it. A well rounded class should get to all of it. These levels though, can give us, as teachers, a general map as to how to design a yoga class. A class in the morning might want to go from Jue Yin to Tai Yang as the types of poses affecting Tai Yang are more invigorating. But an evening class might do poses to affect the meridians and levels in reverse. From invigorating to more calming. It is all just tools to help us design classes that will have our students feeling fabulous when they are done.

It is all so interesting to me. I hope you are enjoying the little peak into Yin Yoga and what it entails.

PLEASE NOTE: Nothing you read here should be relied upon to determine a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. The information on this blog is not intended to replace advice and instruction from a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

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Jing Well Points Of The Feet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 9, 2018

I am taking a Yin Yoga Teacher Training and learning all kinds of interesting things – well, I find them interesting. But first, as a reminder:  Yin Yoga generates Qi flow through the body, in particular the areas of the lower spine, hips, and pelvis. If you are inclined to believe in Qi then Yin Yoga is a way to get it flowing and help to release latency from the meridians. Yin Yoga also helps develop and maintain health of connective tissues. In addition Yin Yoga helps cultivate stillness in the body and mind to help prepare for meditation. I am not so attached to the meditation prep as I am to just the fact that Yin Yoga allows and even requires the body to be still and I think that the society in which most of us live we need to have moments of stillness. Our minds are always so full and busy it they need a rest. One way to help quite the mind is to still the body. Qi flows along meridians. Meridians have starting points or Jing Well Points. Jing Well points are where the energy arises.

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The Sinew Meridians circulate along the periphery of the body. They are superficial and follow the lines of the major muscle groups. The primary meridians are deeper. As I mentioned in my first post about Yin Yoga, the Sinew Meridians are more of an area and can be targeted with Yin Yoga. The Sinew Meridians do not connect to the internal organs and originate externally at the jing well points.

The spleen, liver, and kidney meridians are Yin meridians and run on the median side of the legs.  The stomach, gall bladder, and kidney meridians are Yang meridians and run on the back or outside of the legs.

While I am only showing one foot and stated that these are the meridians in the foot, it applies to both feet.

What about you?  Do you find any of this interesting?

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