Get Unstuck: Yin Yoga to Reverse Winter Stagnation

Stimulate chi and restore vitality with a practice focusing on Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridian pair, primary organs that move water through the body.
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Stimulate chi and restore vitality with a practice focusing on Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridian pair, primary organs that move water through the body.

We're in winter's home stretch. To reverse residual stagnation before Spring, we turned to Danielle March, a yoga warrior who specializes in manifesting. After all, she's bringing Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map to Yoga Journal LIVE! in New York, April 8–11. (Snag a spot here.)

Although the long, dark days of winter have had their upsides (Netflix marathons, anyone?), our annual festival of hibernation and quiet reflection can result in physical stagnation, foggy fatigue, and a sluggish immune system.

According to the principles of Ayurveda, water is the primary element of winter. With a Yin practice that focuses on the water element, we can stimulate the flow of chi and restore an overall sense of vibrancy and vitality in the body. The stimulation of chi can also take you out of the stagnation in life and help you move through your intentions and move forward, setting up your mind, body, and life for success once spring arrives.

This 40-to-60-minute, spinal-focused sequence is designed to target the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder meridian pair, which are the primary organs that move water through the body. In these shapes we are stimulating meridian lines that run down the spine (in front and in back of the body), as well as down the back of the legs and up the inner thighs.

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