The 5 elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and culture are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Each element corresponds with different seasons, emotions, biological functions, organs, directions of energy and meridians (energetic channels).
When our energy is flowing freely the five elements are said to be in balance. But when out of balance energy becomes blocked or deficient which can manifest in emotional and physical symptoms.
The holistic frameworks of the 5 Elements and Meridian theory can help us to recognise where we may have these imbalances or blocks and offer us specific self-care practices to help remedy them.
In this program, José will guide you through an in-depth practice each week which will focus on a different element and corresponding meridian. You’ll practice Yin yoga poses and other techniques, such as massaging acupressure points, to stimulate and nourish the meridians associated with each element.
While the program is not designed to replace medical advice, it is a useful way to look more holistically at different areas of our lives - giving ourselves a Yin yoga check-up! - and bringing in practices that support our whole body systems.
With José’s gentle guidance, this program will help you:
- nurture yourself emotionally, mentally and physically
- maintain a more relaxed and compassionate state of being
- digest food, emotions and thoughts
- improve your focus and motivation
- feel more grounded, connected and spacious
- cultivate your deep knowing that everything and everybody is connected
- understand the importance of creating time for yourself
Jose will guide you through an in-depth practice each week which will focus on a different energetic element and its corresponding meridian. You’ll practice Yin yoga poses and other techniques, such as massaging acupuncture points, to stimulate and nourish the meridians associated with each element.
We recommend you spend a week with each element. Practice each class a couple of times, if you can. We recommend that you journal your experience afterwards to help you reflect on how the class affected you.
Who is it for?
The program is suitable for all levels of yoga experience. The practices in this program are designed to support your health; however, they may bring up strong feelings and sensations in the process. Allow those emotions to come up and approach them with patience and compassion. But stay at a level of challenge that feels manageable for you that day.
Learn more about meridians and Yin Yoga
How to support your health with Yin yoga and the 5 Elements
Introduction to Meridian theory and Yin yoga
The benefits of Yin Yoga
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