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4 Meridian Yoga Poses to go with Acupuncture

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Yoga Poses for Energy Flow

Meridian Yoga is a form of yoga that actively works with the same meridian system as acupuncture. This form of yoga uses poses to activate and balance energy in the 14 meridian paths. These meridian paths are known as the energy pathways in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they allow your body and energy to flow and function properly. Meridian Yoga will improve the function of your organs and allow your body to be in its healthiest state physically and mentally. Below are a few of many yoga poses that can increase your energy flow.

1. Downward dog 
In your yoga practice, Healing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valleydownward dog can always be the home base pose. It is a staple that can be used in almost every yoga practice. This pose focuses on the arms and shoulder meridians, which can improve heart and lung function. Increased function of these organs can help fight against allergies, viruses, anxiety and trouble sleeping. Downward dog can also help digestion and allows for increased blood flow.

                                                                        2. Warrior II
Warrior II focuses on the lymphatic system and the hips Healing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valleyand knees. The emphasis on these joints are related to the gall bladder, spleen and stomach meridians. These organs help the lymphatic system by increasing digestion and immune fluid.

 

                                                   3. Wheel and other backbends Healing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley

Wheel and other backbends can effectively and sometimes very intensely stretch the stomach and spleen meridians. This pose can help prevent your body from acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach issues.

4. Tree poseHealing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley
Tree pose is a standard balancing pose that can be adapted based on your skill level. It focuses on the small intestine meridian and increases abdominal circulation. Tree pose can also calm and relax the mind and nervous system, bringing more self-awareness.

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Sources:
http://www.oceanflowyoga.co.uk/news/pose-of-the-month-vrksasana-tree-pose/
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5679/4-Yoga-Poses-That-Pair-Perfectly-with-Acupuncture.html
http://www.yogaofenergyflow.com/about-2/meridian-yoga/

We love recommending Qi Gong to our patients! Qi Gong helps harmonize, strengthen, and heal functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems. It increases the supply and flow of energy throughout the body and can have a variety of rejuvenating effects. It is also believed to increase longevity, and induce calm mental and emotional states. Watch one of our acupuncturists demonstrate some moves!

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