Part 3 @yogajournalaustralia article out now!! Kidney Stretch
Hold right foot with right hand. Toes are softly curled into palm with fingers pointing toward heel. Left hand on left thigh stretching down the front of the thigh as you lengthen through your left heel. The toes remain soft in the right palm and your middle finger is pressing gently into Kidney1 (under the inside base of the ball of your foot). Do t hold the inside or outside of your foot as you won’t be on the kidney meridian. Don’t hold the toes - make sure you are holding over them and over the padding. This ensures your foot is soft to soften the back of your leg and will help relax your adrenals as well even though initially you’ll need to bend your knee more than you are used to. For the left side, when you lengthen your fingers down the leg and pull your chin down you may feel and pulling sensation across your skin in the left neck and collar bone to activate the entire kidney meridian extension of Zen Shiatsu - this is part of what Zen Ki Yoga is based on. Rest in savasana and feel your right kidney. Then repeat it on the other side. .
Strong belly, core and small intestine. Build your digestive fire with the small intestine sit-up. During the summer season the fire element meridians, the heart and small intestine are the most active, vulnerable and therefore the most easily able to make stronger. In Zen Ki Yoga® we can work on the meridians AND the organs to make them healthy. The small intestine is where we absorb the minerals into our blood stream from the food we eat. If we don’t have the fire in this organ, there will be too much fire in our upper body, the heart, the neck and shoulders etc, causing heart problems, anxiety, crazy mind, panic attacks and more. The small intestine also contributes to giving you’re a flat belly and a great waist. Here’s how to work it…
Lie straight, then bend one knee out, placing your foot heel above knee, ball of foot below knee so your arch of foot wraps around the knee. Toes back on your straight leg (lock out the leg strongly). Bend your upper body around until you can hold over the kneecap and have your fingertips press into the groove in the base of the kneecap. Place the other hand on the belly below the navel and inhale, exhale holding knee try to sit up without letting your knee come up with you. If you make it all the way up, as you move back down to the beginning position make sure you don’t let go of your knee. You can have someone hold down your straight ankle. Do at 10-15 on each side and then another 10 on the harder side.
For more detailed information, go to our studio’s website blog www.thecentreofyoga.com OR find the extract from one of our summer DVDs on Youtube channel ‘Zen Ki Yoga’ (10th video down list) Do this everyday!!!!