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Stregthen Your Lungs With Yoga

Strengthen Your Lungs With Yoga

Chinese Medicine does not separate mind and body – life situations and emotions are all considered in a treatment plan for health.

Late Summer – Seasons & Rhythms & Yoga

There is a 5th season in Chinese Medicine – Late Summer. It begins late August through Autumn equinox. Chinese Medicine believes Late Summer belongs to Earth element. This is when Earths luscious fruits and vegetables are bursting for harvest.

Earth is a point of stillness in the cycle of seasons, with the lush tranquil energy of heat, ripening and full. This is a time of slowing down. Earth season acts as the transition from Yang to Yin energy, supporting the space between the cycle of Spring growth (Wood), active Summer abundance (Fire) and the inward, cooler emotions of Fall and Winter (Metal & Water). Earth element is associated with the stomach, spleen, pancreas, muscles, and is related to the mouth.

Element – Earth, Color – Yellow, Nature – Yin/Yang Balance
Organs – Stomach, Spleen, Emotion – Worry/Pensive 
Taste – Sweet, Condition – Damp

Late Summer Earth is a time of transition and a good time to relax, eat fresh food, and enjoy family and friends. Earth is a short, languid and still season, and it rests at the center of Natures cycles. You may struggle with bouts of fatigue as a response to this season, and this low energy and/or motivation is usually triggered by over-exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep from the activities of Summer Fire. Make sure you get proper rest, exercise, stress reduction and nutrition to boost your energy in this Earth time.

5 seasons of Traditional Chinese Medicine:

  • Spring – begins Spring Equinox – March
  • Summer – begins Summer Solstice – June
  • Late Summer – begins third week of August
  • Fall – begins Autumn Equinox – September
  • Winter – begins Winter Solstice – December

Seasonal 5 Element Theory:

  • Wood – Spring: Liver/Gall Bladder
  • Fire – Summer: Heart/Small Intestine
  • Earth – Late Summer: Spleen/Stomach
  • Metal – Autumn: Lung/Large Intestine
  • Water – Winter: Kidney/Bladder

Yoga for the Seasons

Yoga poses can be used to target Kidney, Spleen and Lung areas to release, tonify and regulate these energy centers. Over-exertion can deplete energy and fatigue muscles, while Yoga can help regulate, nourish and replenish energy. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, and Yoga can increase the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, helping cells produce energy.

To target the lungs focus on Ujjayi breathing which is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly (activating the first and second chakras), rises to the lower rib cage (the third and fourth chakras), and finally moves into the upper chest and throat. The technique is very similar to the three-part Tu-Na breathing found in Taoist Qi Gong practice.

Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose. Beginner’s should first practice with the mouth open by whispering “Ahhh” with the inhalation and “Haaa” with the exhalation.  Then close the mouth and continue to breath through the nose with the same constriction in the throat.  The “ocean sound” is created by moving the glottis as air passes in and out. As the throat passage is narrowed so, too, is the airway, the passage of air through which creates a “rushing” sound. The length and speed of the breath is controlled by the diaphragm, the strengthening of which is, in part, the purpose of ujjayi. The inhalations and exhalations are equal in duration, and are controlled in a manner that causes no distress to the practitioner.

ujayii breathing

Here’s a taste of this week’s Yoga Flava TV Snack, “Ujayii Breath”, and check in weekly for new episodes on Elev8:

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