Meridian Yoga is a form of yoga that actively works with the same meridian system as acupuncture. This form of yoga uses poses to activate and balance energy in the 14 meridian paths. These meridian paths are known as the energy pathways in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they allow your body and energy to flow and function properly. Meridian Yoga will improve the function of your organs and allow your body to be in its healthiest state physically and mentally. Below are a few of many yoga poses that can increase your energy flow.
1. Downward dog
In your yoga practice, downward dog can always be the home base pose. It is a staple that can be used in almost every yoga practice.
This pose focuses on the arms and shoulder meridians, which can improve heart and lung function. Increased function of these organs can help fight against allergies, viruses, anxiety and trouble sleeping. Downward dog can also help digestion and allows for increased blood flow.
2. Warrior II
Warrior II focuses on the lymphatic system and the hips and knees. The emphasis on these joints are related to the gall bladder, spleen and stomach meridians. These organs help the lymphatic system by increasing digestion and immune fluid.
3. Wheel and other backbends
Wheel and other backbends can effectively and sometimes very intensely stretch the stomach and spleen meridians. This pose can help prevent your body from acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach issues.
4. Tree pose
Tree pose (my favorite!!) is a standard balancing pose that can be adapted based on your skill level. It focuses on the small intestine meridian and increases abdominal circulation. Tree pose can also calm and relax the mind and nervous system, bringing more self-awareness.
While I am not a certified yoga instructor, I am a certified Qi Gong instructor and have been a Qi Gong practitioner for some 24 years now! My goodness, how time flies... If you have a regular yoga practice and you are looking to fine tune it, come in and ask! If you feel yourself drawn to certain poses or and you don't know why, or you have a regular flow and you want to know which poses to emphasis, let me know and I will be happy to put my skills to the test and help you try to refine your practice.
Yes! Yoga and acupuncture can pair together and begin a path to better health. Book in now or contact me if you want to know more.
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.