21 March - 20 May
Liver, gallbladder and pancreas
Manipura Chakra (solar plexus)
As the days become lighter and brighter, we welcome the season of Spring. Earths energy is rising from the depths of her heart centre as the period of resting ends and we begin a new phase of growth. The energy which has been stored and lying in wait now has the opportunity to burst forward and upward in the form of new buds and new life. As we enjoy the "light at the end of the tunnel" and emerge from the gloom of winter, we use this rush of energy to make new plans for the future, set goals and have a good "spring clean" on a material, physical and mental/emotional level.
"The wood element symbolises growth, birth, innovation and creativity"
Too much energy flowing through this energy centre - over bearing, competitive, obsessive, fanatical, wooden, bad tempered, over demanding
Too little energy - inability to make a decision, fickle, feeling over whelmed, stagnant, not able to keep your word, worrying about the future
Balanced energy - motivated, imaginative, visionary, decisive, organised, planner, ability to see things from both sides, spontaneous, observant, assertive
The Meridians (energy lines):
Liver - starts from the lateral side of the big toe, in front of the ankle, up along the inner shin bone, to the inner end of the knee crease under the adductor, through the genitals to end under the nipple between the 6th and 7th rib
Gallbladder - starts from the side of the eye, over the side of the head, over the highest part of the trapezius muscle, in front of the shoulder, down the side of the body, through the hip and down the side of the leg, to end in the 4th toe
The solar plexus chakra regulates an inner knowledge and that "gut instinct" feeling about things and people. It helps develop relationships, work, finances and area of self management and responsibility. Strong attributes needed in Spring time - when planning for the coming year, setting goals and resolutions is prevalent. We also need to keep our "eyes" open for opportunities and be capable of making the right decisions for our future.
In Spring we honour earths rising energy and incorporate poses that take us from the ground to standing. We try to avoid being too "wooden" by taking some of the fluidity we have learnt in winter into our practice. There might be a "goal" pose or a standing balance - to introduce this idea of focus. Expect to twist and turn as we rediscover our waists after Christmas! and detox the body from the inside out.