From an Oriental perspective the winter draws our energy inward, into the core, to reserve it, The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down.
This is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy and conserve our strength.
Winter is ruled by the
Water element, which is associated with the kidneys, bladder and adrenal glands.
According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the source of all energy or “Qi” within the body, they store all of the reserve Qi in the body so that it can be used in times of stress and change, or to heal, prevent illness, and age gracefully.
During the winter months it is important to nurture and nourish our kidney Qi.
It is the time where this energy can be most easily depleted.
Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, conservation and storage.
A fantastic Ki flow yoga stretch to help tonify and move the energy in the kidney and bladder channel is a forward seated bend with your legs stretched out in front. See image below.
Winter is Yin in nature; it is inactive, cold, and damp.
its the perfect time to remain introspective, restful, and consolidate your Qi through the season and prepare for the outburst of new life and energy in the spring.
Now is a fantastic time to book in for a Ki Flow healing treatment, and assist your bodies own innate ability to heal and restore.