Our second Essential Yin Session will focus on the Heart & Small Intestine Meridians.
The element corresponding to the meridians is FIRE; season – summer and chakra – 3rd (Solar Plexus).
The Heart is a Yin organ, Small Intestine is a Yang one.
❤️The Heart in Chinese Medicine houses the Shen (spirit). It is ‘The Emperor’ of the house and rules our emotional, physical and spiritual being. Physiologically it controls the circulation and distribution of blood. The tongue is related to the tongue muscle and is referred to as the roof of the house. Any speech impediments or conditions are the indicators of how healthy the heart is. The heart also dominates sleep.
The heart is a house of joy and happiness. When it’s balanced and strong, we feel joy, warmth and love.
The heart’s most famous point – Heart 7, or Shen Men – spirit gate – is locates at the wrist crease down from the pinkie. It is believed to relieve anxiety, come emotions and a busy mind.
The Heart Meridian starts from the heart and runs in three branches.
- First runs towards the small intestine.
- The second runs upwards along the throat towards the eyes
- The third branch emerges under the arm and runs along the inner side of the forearm, elbow and upper arm. It then crosses the inner side of the wrist and palm and ends at the inside tip of the little finger, where it connects with the Small Intestine Meridian.
Please watch this YouTube link to trace the Heart Meridian
💚The Small Intestine Meridian starts from the tip of the little finger and crosses the wrist. It runs upwards along the posterior side of the forearm until it reaches the back of shoulder where it ends at the uppermost part of the back (the bottom of the neck). At this position, it travels externally across the neck and cheek until it reaches the outer corner of the eye and then ends in the ear.
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Please watch this video to trace the Small Intestine Meridian
🌼Summer is the season for this meridian pair. It brings with it change in nature, temperature and mood; and the power of the fire element is transformation. That’s why it is not surprising that the key terms or notions for these meridians are change & transformation.
💚Characteristics of a balanced fire element are:
❌Unbalanced fire element displays lack of responsibility, worry, doubt, stress, commit issues, stress, shame, anger. On a physiological level it manifests in various heart conditions, insomnia, chest pain, constipation, etc.
There are various ways of balancing the fire element: strong practices to ignite the fire; yin postures to boost the Heart & Small Intestine, meditation, diet, essential oils, etc.
There’s a great variety of Essential Oil that can be blended to hell with balancing the Heart meridian. For our practice I’ve selected Geranium, Basil and Orange oils to bring 🌼Harmony & Joy🌼 to our hearts and minds.
🌿Basil EO helps with mental strength & clarity; it is stimulating and gives natural energy boost
🌸Geranium is a calming, grounding EO with a long list of other amazing qualities.
🍊Orange is a pick-me-up EO. It’s uplifting, energising, and mood enhancing.
Hope this helps and I’m looking forward to sharing the practice with you 🙏