Water is everything. It sustains us from the moment of conception until the day we die. In Energy Medicine Yoga – a type of yoga that combines asana with energy control – we cleanse the energy channels and allow prana to flow smoothly once more. In this article, we focus on the meridians and organs that correspond with water: the bladder and kidney.
The Bladder meridian is the longest in the body and controls the nervous system. The meridian flows through the spinal column twice, once along a path that connects to your emotional body and once along a path that connects to your physical body. With this in mind, cleansing the Bladder meridian can benefit both physical and emotional health.
The Kidney meridian system leads all the others. There are various acupuncture points along the channel, the first being Kidney 1 at the base of your foot. This is where energy enters the body. From there, prana travels to the endpoint of the meridian, Kidney 27. This point is located in the hollow below your collarbone.
Thankfully, regular yoga practice can keep the Bladder and Kidney meridians in optimum health. In this article, we go through a yoga sequence to heal your bladder and kidney. Each posture in the sequence targets either the Bladder or Kidney meridian to clear energy blockages and allow prana to flow freely. If you want to heal your bladder and kidneys, put on your yoga bra and follow along.
The first posture in the sequence is Boat Pose. To practice, sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Next, place your hands on the floor just a little behind your hips with your fingertips are pointing towards your feet. Press your palms firmly into the ground as you strengthen your arms. Keeping your back straight, gently lean back and lift your feet off the ground. Your shins should now be parallel to the floor. As you lift your chest, lengthen the front of your torso. Finally, extend both arms forward until they are in line with your shoulders. You are in Boat Pose. Hold the pose for 30 seconds whilst breathing deeply. For best results, draw your chin into your chest. This action brings the base of the skull away from the neck, allowing the body to enjoy a deeper stretch.
To practice Bridge Pose, start by laying on your back. Bend your knees whilst keeping the soles of your feet touching the ground. Relax your arms, letting them drop carefully to the sides of your body. Tuck your chin into your chest then lift your buttocks and back off the floor to create a bridge. You are in Bridge Pose. Hold for 15 seconds before lowering your back and buttocks back down to the ground.
To practice Childs Pose, begin on all fours. Bring your feet together and push your hips back to your heels. Your stomach should now be resting on your thighs and you will be able to bring your forehead down toward the floor. Finally, stretch your arms out in front of you to feel a stretch up the length of the back. You are in Childs Pose.
Begin Cat/Cow Pose on all fours, with your hands directly underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. Next, slowly dome your back, drawing your belly button toward the ceiling. You are in Cat Pose. After a couple of seconds bring your belly button down towards the mat, bending your back in the opposite direction to before. You are in Cow Pose. Continue switching between the 2 for a couple of minutes, remembering to breathe properly throughout.
To practice Cobra Pose, lie down on your mat with your stomach touching the ground. Lengthen your legs, keeping the tops of your feet on the floor. Next, place your hands flat on the ground directly under your shoulders. Gently draw your elbows back into your body whilst pressing your thighs and the tops of your feet into the ground. Stay in this position for a couple of seconds, remembering to breathe deeply. When you are ready, lift your chest off the floor by straightening both arms. Finally, press your tailbone firmly into the floor and engage your buttocks. You are in Cobra Pose. For best results, draw your shoulder blades towards your back and distribute the stretch evenly throughout the spine. Hold the posture for around 30 seconds before releasing the backbend and lowering yourself back down to the floor.
To practice Legs Up the Wall Pose, make sure you’re sitting facing a wall. Lie on your back, and slowly bring your knees to your chest. Next, straighten your legs out towards the ceiling, placing them against the wall. At this point, your bottom should be touching the wall. You are in Legs Up the Wall Pose. For an added stretch, extend your arms over your head and rest them flat on the floor.
To practice Happy Baby Pose, lie down on your back with your knees bent. Next, take hold of your feet and begin to rock from side to side. This motion will increase the stretch in your lower back. Additionally, the rocking motion is great for relaxing the mind.
Corpse Pose is the perfect way to end the sequence. To practice the posture, all you need to do is lie down on your back and relax your arms by your sides. Keeping both legs stretched out throughout the pose. You are in Corpse Pose. Take this time to concentrate on your breathing for as long as you feel happy doing so. Additionally, this pose can balance the digestive branch of your nervous system. Try bringing your knees in toward your chest before allowing your legs to straighten to the ground. This simple step will help eliminate gas by stimulating the nerves in the colon.
So, there you have it – a yoga sequence to heal your bladder and kidney. For best results, try to hit the yoga mat a couple of times per week. This will keep the meridians happy and healthy, free from energetic blockages or negative prana.