Finally Flexible: Using Resistance, Yoga, and The Meridians To Reduce Tension And Loosen Up
Tight muscles and a lack of flexibility are the direct results of tension in the muscles. Where that tension manifests depends on what you do every day. If you work at a desk, you may have tension or pain in your neck and shoulders. Cyclists tend to have tight quads, hip flexors, and hips. Gymnasts tight hamstrings. Dancers hyperextended limbs.
The Good Politician: A Heart Meridian Archetype
The theme of the heart is unity. It connects yin and yang, which are two states of being with the same life force. If our spirit is not congruent, our heart meridian cannot process thoughts and feelings properly. Congruence comes when the mind and heart are working together. Together the heart and mind control the will. Without congruence, the will is subject to the influence of an outside force.
The 6 Meridians That Will Heal Your Digestion
We are all familiar with the physical process of digestion where the body break-down food and drink and converts them into usable energy. The meridians go a step further. Each meridian influences different parts of our subtle body. They manage the flow of digestive energy and assist with processing emotions, thoughts, and spiritual pursuits.
The Artist: A Small Intestine Meridian Archetype
We know that extreme emotions can negatively affect our digestion, causing poor absorption and slow movement through the digestive tract. This is why we refuse food in the face of grief or lose our appetite when our fight-or-flight response is triggered. Unfortunately, poor digestion can also aggravate our stress response. They feed off of each other in a symbiotic relationship. Therefore, to have a healthy digestive system, we need to take care of both our minds and our bodies.
The Entrepreneur: A Stomach Meridian Archetype
American culture is exceptional because of the energy of the stomach meridian. The stomach is the spirit of entrepreneurship and the American dream. While in balance, the Entrepreneur proves that anything is possible with ambition, hard work, and persistence. Strength in this meridian has created innovative businesses and a way of life that has inspired millions.
Resistance Flexibility Techniques: Secrets To Real Flexibility & Lasting Strength
Tips and tricks for introducing regular stretching exercises to your workout. Resistance exercises wake up the brain-muscle connections to tap into our innate flexibility and strength. All of us, knowingly or unknowingly, use our muscles in specific patterns. This results in some muscles becoming overworked and some under worked or injured. Resistance exercises find and correct unhealthy muscle patterns by engaging the brain-muscle connection.
The Mediator: A Spleen Meridian Archetype
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, earth elements are particularly important in times of transition. They keep us grounded and protected during turbulence, and allow us to bloom and grow during times of peace. However, though the spleen meridian thrives in times of peace, that does not mean they revile conflict. One of their greatest strengths is seeing both sides of an argument and mediating a compromise.
Resistance Flexibility For Everyone: Working With The Muscles
The science behind resistance training is what makes learned flexibility possible.
The Architect: A Large Intestine Meridian Archetype
Learn about the role of the large intestine meridian in your physical health. Plus, a few exercises to strengthen and stretch your large intestine meridian muscles.