Chinese medicine teaches us to live in harmony with the seasons.
Each season has many associations and if we change our habits as the seasons change, we create more balance between our bodies and our external environment.
It is believed that by harmonising oneself with the seasons you can stay healthier and prevent disease.
Winter represents the most Yin aspect in Chinese medicine. Yin is the dark, cold, slow, inward energy.
Winter is associated with the kidneys which hold our body’s most basic and fundamental energy. Rest is important for revitalising the kidneys, which is why some animals hibernate in winter. It is a time to look inward, reflecting on ourselves with meditation, writing, or other inward practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, slow yoga practices and meditation. These practices help us to connect to our inner selves and help to support kidney energy. They are very helpful to relax the mind, calm our emotions and raise the spirits.
The sense organ associated with the kidneys is the ears, and our ability to hear clearly is related to kidney health. The quiet and stillness of winter allows us to hear more of the world than the buzzing activities of summer.
Many of our workshops this month are slow and nurturing, offering a yin aspect of turning in and slowing down. This in turn may help us to cope with the business of the festive period. Fit one or two in and find some balance.
As ever, the details are below and in the calendar – please check it!
With best Xmas wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre
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