Yin Yoga Teacher Training Brisbane

Chinese Meridians, Chi & Chakras

What is Chi?

Chi (or qi) is synonymous with breath in the Chinese Language. In combination with other words, however, chi can denote slightly different concepts. Qi gong, for instance, literally translates to, ‘breath-work’, but the scope of qigong goes much deeper into developing the energy that animates the body. 

The concept of a life force is found in many of the ancient cultures of the world. For example, in India it is called prana; in Japan, ki; for Hawaiians, mana.  In each of these cultures, the idea of a life force is central to their forms of medicine and healing.

In terms of the body, chi is that which differentiates a corpse from a live human being. A strong life force makes a human being totally alive, alert and present while a weak force results in sluggishness, fatigue, and can even lead to illness. Chi can then be developed in order to overcome illness, become more vibrant, or enhance mental and athletic capacities.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on over 5000 years of knowledge and understanding that everything is composed of this same energetic substance called Qi. It is believed that we can lose or gain Chi and balancing and enhancing chi brings the body into a state of health and vitality.

Chinese Meridians / Nadis

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The meridian system is a concept in traditional Chinese medicine about a path through which the life-energy known as "qi" flows. The meridian system has 12 principle meridians that relate to different organs in the body.

The Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidney, Urinary and Stomach are the six main Meridians stimulated in our Yin Yoga practice.

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The Liver Meridian

Start (LV 1) Begins at the inside of the big toe

Ends (LV 12) Below the nipples

Disharmony - Lower back pain, abdominal pain, or mental irritability.

Emotions - Anger, frustrations, irritation.

Yin Yoga poses:

Dragonfly, frog, butterfly.

THE GALLBLADDER MERIDIAN

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Start (GB1) Outer corner of the eye

Ends (GB44) Lateral side of the fourth toe

Disharmony - Headaches, blurred vision, pain along the side of the body eyes, ears & throat.

Emotions - Discernment, decision making.

Yin Yoga poses:

Swan/Sleeping swan, Shoelace, Square, Reclining twists, Bananasana, Dragon/Twisted dragon.

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KIDNEY MERIDIAN

Start (KD1) Outside of the little toe on the sole of the foot

Ends (KD27) In the depression on the lower border of the clavicel

Disharmony - Gynaecological problems, genital disorders, kidneys, lungs & throat.

Emotions - Fear, paranoia, insecurity.

Yin Yoga poses:

Dragonfly, Butterfly, Frog, Squat.

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THE URINARY BLADDER MERIDIAN

Start (UB1) Inner eye

Ends (UB67) Corner of the nail on the lateral side of the small toe

Disharmony - Backaches, headaches, inability to urinate, mental problems, dis-ease of lower limbs.

Emotions - Fear, jealousy

Yin Yoga poses:

Dangling, Caterpillar, Butterfly, Half Butterfly, Dragonfly, Snail, Half frog.

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THE SPLEEN MERIDIAN

Start (SP1) Inside of big toe

Ends (SP21) Side of the rib cage

Disharmony - Stomach problems, flatulence, vomiting & bloating.

Emotions - Worry, overthinking, self-doubt

Yin Yoga poses:

Dragonfly, Saddle, Seal, Sphinx

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THE STOMACH MERIDIAN

Start (ST1) Directly below the pupil

Ends (ST45) Corner of the nail on the lateral side of the 2nd toe

Disharmony - Bloating, vomiting, mental problems.

Emotions - Unreliability, criticism, disappointment, doubt.

Yin Yoga Poses:

Saddle, Seal, Sphinx

The Upper Body Meridians

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THE HEART MERIDIAN

Start (HT1) Begins in the heart

Ends (HT9) Corner of the nail on the radial side of the little finger

Disharmony - Heart palpitations, pain, insomnia, mental problems.

Emotions - Excitement, shock, anxiety.

Yin Yoga poses:

Anahatasana, Broken Wing

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THE SMALL INTESTINE MERIDIAN

Starts (SI1) Outer tip of the little finger

Ends (SI19) Side of face/ear

Disharmony - Ear, eye or stomach problem, lower abdominal pain, pain in shoulders or neck.

Emotions - Discernment, mental clarity, judgement.

Yin Yoga poses:

Broken Wing

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THE LUNG MERIDIAN

Starts (LU1) Under the mid clavicle in the first intercostal space

Ends (LU11) Radial side of the tip of the thumb

Disharmony - Respiratory problems, chest pains, sadness.

Emotions - Grief, sadness

Yin Yoga poses:

Broken Wing

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THE LARGE INTESTINE MERIDIAN

Starts (LI1) Corner of the nail on the radial side of the index finger

Ends (LI20) Side of the nose

Disharmony - Problems with mouth, nose, teeth, throat, neck and shoulders

Emotions - Holding on to the past

Yin Yoga poses:

Broken Wing


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THE PERICARDIUM MERIDIAN

Starts (PC1) Lateral side of the nipple

Ends (PC9) Centre of the tip of the middle finger

Disharmony - Pain in the heart area, poor circulation, stomach problems, mental problems.

Emotions - Self-love & relationships.

Yin Yoga poses:

Broken Wing

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TRIPLE WARMER MERIDIAN

Starts (TB1) The corner of the nail of the fourth finger

Ends (TB23) Next to eyebrow

Disharmony - Deafness, ringing in the ears, bloating, urinary difficulties.

Emotions - Despair, heaviness, hopelessness, solitude and exhaustion.


CHAKRAS

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