Metal is one of five elements in the daoist elemental theory. The five elements are earth, water, metal, wood and fire.
Metal is dense and heavy and pulls inwards. You can think of metal in the form of a sword, carving limits or creating definitions so that we can understand what we are looking at. Metal discerns.
The large intestine absorbs (takes in) water and electrolytes while at the same time allowing waste material to pass through for elimination.
The large intestine or colon starts at the bottom of the right side of the abdominal cavity. The small intestine connects to it there. It runs up the right side of the body to the outside of the small intestine, loops and crosses to the left side of the body under the liver and stomach and above the small intestine. It then passes down the left side of the body where it connects to the colon.
The meridian for the large intestine originates at the index finger. (It connects from the Lung Meridian there.) It passes up the back of the arm along the outside edge.
At the highest point of the shoulder (where the shoulder blade connects to the collar bone) it splits in to two branches. One passes within the body to pass through the lungs, diaphragm and large intestine. The other passes up the neck, across the corner of the jaw bone and cheek.
It passes the lower lips and gums and then doubles back to pass through the space between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip where it crosses to the other side of the nose.
It meets the stomach meridian there.
You can also begin to open the meridians of the inner legs at the same time by doing this posture with the legs spread and the knees pointing outwards.
Note that this posture streches the LI meridian at the shoulder. It also stretches the triple heater and small intestine meridians.
Visualize your lungs and your large intestine. Imagine that they are connected and see if you can "sense" the connection within your body.
Imagine the connection extending to the point of each shoulder.
From there imagine the connection extending along the back of the arm along the outer line to the index finger. Also imagine it passing up the neck, crossing the corner of the jaw to pass into the lower teeth can gums and also back tracking to circle around the upper lips to the opposite side of the face.
Each time you exhale, imagine the exhale filling your lungs and large intestine.
Imagine the exhale traveling up the back of the arm and up the face to the opposite side of the body.
Meditate on both the lung and LI meridian.
The seated get up is a way of getting into the one legged squat from a seated position. Even if you aren't interested in one leg squats this video does include tips on stabilizing the knees (at about the 5 minute mark.) Usual muscle activations for knee stability might include the quads, the hamstrings or any of the glutes. This looks at another set of muscles all together. If you like the video or find it helpful, please do share it! Thanks!
Some tips for learning how to do deep squats (without weight). The first tip is on how to stay balanced while squatting.
How do you learn the body weight safely? How do you work towards this pose even if you aren't sure if you are capable of doing it.
Basic yoga poses: standing, sitting, arm balances, binds, twists, inversions, back bending, front bends.
Scapular stabilization becomes a little bit harder when working agains the weight of the body. It can be easier to learn if you gradually increase the amount of body weight the scapular stabilizer muscles are working againsts..
Some hip flexor strengthening exercises.
These yoga poses can be used as arm strengthening exercises.
Turn yoga poses into leg strengthening exercises using floor pressing actions, leverage and friction.
One way of finding and fixing hip problems is to do standing hip strengthening exercises while balancing on one leg.
Knee anatomy for yoga teachers looks at the bones and muscles that comprise the back of the knee in simple terms.
Working towards a kneeling quadriceps stretch you first need to be able to kneel. If you have difficulty kneeling, you may find it helps to activate your quadriceps.
When doing quadriceps stretching it may help to activate and then relax your quadriceps in these standing, lunging, pigeon and supine yoga pose variations.
Some exercises and yoga poses for working towards a lying quadriceps stretch one leg at a time.
What are the benefits of the Dance of Shiva? Arm strength and balance, learning to learn and improving creativity.
This yoga routine video is designed to help you strengthen your arms and legs via the use of friction and pressure. It also teaches you how to become more aware of your body.
The transverse abdominis muscle can be broken down into three parts. Transverse abdominal exercises can thus affect the SI Joint, lumbar spine and the lower portion of the ribcage.
To improve the resiliency of your knees it can help to exercise them in a variety of positions. The following yoga poses can be used as knee strengthening exercises. The trick is to activate your knees while doing them.
Learn to consciously control your quads and hip flexors with Conscious Muscle Control: Quads and Superficial Hip Flexors. This downloadable video course teaches you how to feel and activate your quadriceps (the vastus muscles) as well as the rectus femoris, tensor fascae latae and sartorius muscles.
For any calf stretch you have to bend your ankle forwards to stretch the soleus and/or gastrocnemius. How you bend the ankle forwards can make the stretch more or less effective.
Yoga for flexibility with stretches for the hips, quads, hamstrings, glutes, psoas, shoulders and arms. These yoga stretches are designed to improve flexiblity.