All posts tagged: liver Qi

Spring Preparation #4: Nourish the Spring Body

In this season, we should be nourishing the body by adding foods that support the yang qualities of spring: Drink mint tea with honey Cook with pungent herbs: basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill & bay leaf Whole grains, legumes and seeds Beets, carrots and sweet starchy vegetables Cook vegetables at a higher temperature for shorter periods of time Emphasize raw and sprouted foods Eat moderate amounts of food and avoid late meals All of these ideas were taken from a fabulous nutrition reference: Paul Pritchford.  Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.  Third Edition 2002.

Spring Meditation #2: Yoga to Balance the Liver

Spring The water murmurs In the old stone well, And, a rippling mirror, Gives back the clear blue sky. The river roars, Swollen with the late rains of spring. On the cool, jade-green grass The golden sunshine Splashes. Sometimes, at early dawn, I climb Even as far as Lien Shan Temple. In the spring I plow the thirsty field, That it may drink new life. I eat a little, I work a little, Each day my hair grows thinner, And, it seems, I lean ever a bit more heavily On my old thornwood cane. ~Liu Tzu-Hui, Sung Dynasty, AD 960-1278 [This translation from Beinfield and Korngold, page 160] With the coming of spring, here is a gentle yoga-based exercise to balance the liver energy in the body. The energy of the liver (or, “Liver Meridian”) starts at the inside base of the big toe and runs up the inside of the leg, goes through the reproductive organs and flows under the front of the ribs into the liver where it circulates upwards through the lungs.  …