Winter is the most YIN time of the year: we slow down, rest & reflect more and naturally tend to go inward. This is the time for rejuvenation of all those depleted in the earlier months reserves so that we can be ready to welcome spring with a spring in our step!
The main focus is on the Kidney & Urinary Bladder and Winter element is Water
Kidney is a YIN organ and Urinary Bladder is a YANG organ. These will be the main meridians we will be focusing on during the winter months.
Winer Yin Practices will be also very beneficial to those going through Perimenopause and also Menopause. According to Traditional Chinese Meridian theory the imbalance in kidneys and urinary bladder is what's causing the symptoms of this transitional period. Kidneys are considered to be the main organs in the body and our physical and mental health and the heath of the rest of the organs and meridians depends on the vitality if our kidneys. They are said to house our essence energy. The kidneys are affected when the energy is low, when we are stressed, overworked, overloaded with commitments and similar. The emotion of the Kidney/Urinary Bladder Meridians is fear, and that can manifest itself in a fear or resistance to changes that are happening during this transitional period.
These two meridians are closely linked with the Water element and excess 'inner fire' caused by overactive lifestyle, rage, irritability, stress and anxiety can leave our bodies dehydrated weakening the kidneys. Hip openers are suggested to be incorporated into the practices to help move the heat out of the body, and that's what we are focusing on during our Winter Yin Practice.
Yin Yoga is a practice of stillness and surrender, and it is very much resonating with the idea of surrendering to the changes, uncertainty and fear of the unknown; surrendering to this new chapter in our lives and learning to manage it in a mindful way, learning to celebrate and accept it as something positive.
Winter YIN is probable the most YIN of the YIN practices: it is all about stillness, mindfulness and self care.
Have a lovely cosy winter and enjoy the Practice!