Spring is the Wood/Life Element
Emotions - depression, resentment & anger or calmness, clarity & lightness
Predominant organs – liver and spleen
Visualisation – green spiral
The sound – shu
Gall bladder most active 11-1am
Gall bladder most active 1-3am
The Liver sit in the lower right rib cage and covers the entire space from back to from and outside to inside, in fact it goes a little further than the upper inside of the rib cage.
The gall bladder sits at the bottom centre of the liver just under the rib. Well it should but due to prolapse and slouching into the solar plexus the gall bladder tends to slip out of place causing many digestive problems; from acid reflux to inconsistent defecation, sometimes even gall stones.
It's time to rid the dampness of winter and spring clean your beautiful body, the temple that houses your soul.
As spring kicks in the liver and gall bladder become more active as their alkalising properties are ready to clean out the damp of the cooler seasons.
When these organs are depleted you may feel dull, lethargic or even depressed!! Once you spring these organs into action liberation, connectedness and energy are your new vibe :)
Spring’s element is wood or life; this represents the coming together of all the four elements; earth (matter our body or the planet), air (air we breath from the planet), water (salty ocean water just as our body), fire (the sun supplying all the prana to the planet keeping all of us alive) Wood (ether, where we all come from and return to), Wood may also be seen as spirit!
Meditation: Sit with the spine as straight as possible, close your eyes, allow yourself to breathe naturally and allow your body and mind to relax. The essential emotion for the liver is calmness. Fold your middle finger and ring finger into the palm of your hand and wrap your thumb over these two fingers. The pinkie and pointer fingers are straight.
Think of or visualise the colour green, embody all aspects of spring, the warm sunshine and cool air, new life, the scent of the colourful flowers blossoming. As you sit with yourself consider what you would like for yourself to spring into action; see it, feel it and imagine you are in it, create a new pattern for yourself.
When you feel you have nailed that visualisation start making the sound shu, you can sound it out loud or silently depending on how you are feeling and where you are.
Try to practice this meditation for 15 minutes or longer but 5 minutes are also fine.
Eat alkalising foods:bitter greens, dark green leaves and all the foods grown locally in this season. Warmwater with lemon is great first thing in the morning to boost the flow of bile, please note this only has an alkalising effect first thing in the morning before you eat.
St Mary's Milk Thistle is an excellent liver cleanser, avoid dairy products for full benefits and check with you practitioner to make sure this herb is for you. Also Dandelion leaf is lovely to sip through the day.
Asanas:practice twists to strengthen the liver and massage the organs, squeezing out the build up. Side bends to draw the energy into the liver and open the organs up to receive bodily fluids and energy. Back arches help to detoxify the body and open you into renewed spring energy. Boat holding onto the toes also helps to strengthen the liver. Uddiyana if practiced correctly will prevent the gall bladder dropping and massages the liver.
Pranayama:remember to breathe long and gentle deep breaths, exhale longer than you inhale, this will keep you calm.
Breathe into the liver gently expanding and exhale gently squeezing and picture your liver and gall bladder in perfect health (you better believe it as you feel it).
Natalie Almond began practicing yoga 30 years ago and has been teaching yoga for 25 years.