Spring Qi Breaks
Wood Element - Liver
Liver/Gallbladder System, Eyes, Tendons, Nerves, Nails
...for Strength and pioneering - healthy anger, clartity, empowerment, kindness and decisiveness
Like a fresh blade of grass pushing through the soil in spring-time, spring symbolizes growth, transformation, bold and clear direction. Willing to take risks and acceleration towards our goals while staying supple and flexible. Understanding when it’s important to yield and retreat. After all, a flexible branch is less likely to break under pressure.
Spring is the season when the energy of the liver is active. The liver is vital in detoxifying the body, regulating the quantity and pressure of blood and Qi and governs the evenness of our emotions and consistency of behaviour.
Liver governs the tendons and ligaments small muscle that move the joints, nerves of the eyes and the genitals.
IMBALANCES OF LIVER ENERGY
When the liver energy is imbalanced the body cannot detoxify well, which can lead to problems such as:
- PHYSICAL - tightness in the ligaments muscles and tendons. As well as headache, chronic fatigue, allergies, anemia, skin problems, eye problems, immune deficiency and hepatitis. Migraines, Hypertension, PMS, Sexual dysfunction, Substance Abuse, Sensitivity to light or sound, Blurred vision, Tendonitis, Chronic neck/shoulder tension, Excessive Hunger
- EMOTIONAL - Anxiety, Unhealthy anger, Frustration, Emotional volatility, Scattered
- BEHAVIORAL / SPIRITUAL - Intensity, Greediness, Selfishness, Indecisive, Arrogance, Recklessness, Confrontational, Compulsive, Impulsive, Erratic, Devious, Controlling, Unhealthily competitive
BALANCED VIRTUES INCLUDE:
Balanced wood energy is full of excitement, gets a new project moving, they seek healthy challenge and love to push limits, performing well under pressure, admiring speed, novelty, skill, and thriving on action and adventure. Focusing on goals and thus staying supple and flexible is of utmost importance, understanding when it’s important to yield and retreat is the energy of balanced wood energy. After all, a flexible branch is less likely to break under pressure.
- PHYSICAL - Muscular, Strong, Performs well under pressure
- EMOTIONAL - Healthy anger, Clear, Empowered, kindness, Decisive
- BEHAVIORAL / SPIRITUAL - Foresight, Expansion, Resourcefulness, Adventurous, Novel, Skillful, Confident, Bold, Ambitious, Direct, Committed, Assertive, Influential, Excited, Creative, Healthily competitive
Qi Breaks™ - Daily Short Routines
- Practice weekly Qi Break sequences daily - These are designed to loosen tightness in and around the joints and focused on cultivating resilience, which is the combination of being flexible and strong. A combination of stretches and circular movements that incorporate balancing and twisting helping purge, detox and cultivate strength. Flow practices, taoist meditations and sound healing specifically for spring help release stress or anger break tension and tightness from the body and mind.
- Be active - Physical activity, hike, dance, work out in nature specifically, forests or sunny places helps the liver rebalance.
- Eat Greens - Eating seasonal, organic and locally grown foods are always beneficial and in spring time you should eat more green vegetables, leafy vegetables, dandelion greens, spinach, kale, leeks, asparagus, sprouts and beans and the like. Eat a good variety of these foods. Eat them raw or steamed or lightly sautéed or stir fried.
- Be positive - Break through obstacles of the past and confinements of old thoughts and beliefs. Create a vision for your new self that you’d like to grow into, see the bigger picture and take actions towards it.
Theme: Spiral opening of joints and energy circulation
This is the beginning of a six-part sequence of movements designed to open the bones and joints, and tonify Live Qi. These spiraling movements mimic the Spring transformation of the caterpillar to the butterfly and the beautiful transformation of energy that happens between Spring and Winter.
This is the second movement in our six-week Spring sequence. We focus here again on opening and stretching the joints of the upper body, as well as opening the sides of the body to promote movement of Liver Qi. This movement is excellent to also open the lungs, connecting Lung and Liver Qi.
This is the third movement in our six-week Spring sequence focused on really stretching the sides of the body and tonifying Liver Qi. A great movement for releasing stress and especially anger. This week if you have time, try to combine movements 1, 2 and 3 to incorporate the practices!
Qi Breaks™ - Full Practice Routines
For each Full Practice Routine below we recommend that you practice 2-3 times a week or on the weekend. If time is limited, practice the shorter 20-minute version. Use any combination of the 20-minute and 60-minute routines to help you meet your goal of 2-3 full Qi Gong routine practices every week!
In this 1-hour routine we cover a full range of Spring movements. We start by opening different joints and bones, stretch the body, incorporate some strength conditioning and end with a really beautiful meditation. Enjoy!
In this 20-minute routine we cover a full set of movements focused on opening joints and bones, opening Liver Qi, stretching.
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