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.
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You can practice scapular control with the arm movements of the dance of shiva. Scapular stabilization and control can be important when trying to bind in yoga poses like Marichyasana A.
Lifting up into eka pada bakasana from marichyasana A with tips on lifting up and balancing while transitioning from the binding yoga pose to the arm balance.
How to grab your hand behind your back. Tips for binding in Marichyasana A.
Grabbing a wrist behind your back. Tips for Binding in Marichyasana C.
Modified Marichyasana B is done with the other leg not in lotus. This pose can still be challenging to bind it, so some tips on how to bind with awareness.
Steps for working towards bound side angle so that you can bind a little more easily.
Steps for Binding in Seated Half Bound Lotus Pose as well as modifications if you can't bind, and actions you can do when you do bind.
Tips for working towards binding in Bound Twisting Side Angle Pose.
Balancing in side plank can be made easier to learn if you learn the necessary actions step-by-step with this sensational yoga poses yoga tutorial.
The standing forward bend yoga pose can be used to stretch or strengthen the hamstrings and glutes. It can also be used to stretch and strengthen the calves and as a balance exercise.
Yoga forward bends includes forwards bends for the hips and spine. Forward bends for the hips include both bent and straight straight positions.
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Some simple exercises so that you can work towards the pistol squat gradually.
Arm supported yoga poses can be used to strengthen the arms and shoulders. Includes plank, chaturanga dandasana, downward dog, dolphin pose, side plank, wheel, reverse plank, table top pose.
This sequence of seated yoga poses includes lotus and virasana variations, janu sirsasana and marichyasana variations as well as more basic seated poses like bound angle, pigeon and seated forward bend.
These hip flexor stretches open up the fronts of the hips and can be used as a preparation for front to back splits. Bent knee hip stretches can be used to focus on rectus fermoris.
Strengthen your hands, your arms, glutes and hamstrings with these standing forward bend variations.
The small actions in this standing psoas stretch can be used to stretch both the upper and lower fibers of the psoas muscle.
Variations of the standing psoas stretch that use the same basic actions.