As the weather warms up in the Northern Hemisphere (and in the southern in a few, I hope, short months!!), it's time to nourish the heart and small intestine. Working on the heart meridian especially will result in a feeling of being more positive and 'lifted'.
The heart is associated with joy and is the seat where thoughts and emotions meet and come into harmony. Opening this meridian will not only make you feel more connected to your spirit but lift your spirits as well.
The following will also calm the nervous system and help to relieve built up tension in the upper back and neck. We often experience excess energy around the neck, shoulders and upper back at this time of year as our energy rises into the upper body due to the heat and also consumption of sugar and alcohol (also causing rising energy). When we have this excess energy stuck in the upper body, we can experience neck & shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, panic attacks and even heart issues. We can lessen these symptoms by opening up our heart meridian and rebuilding the pressure in the lower body (in the lower belly and back).
Try this: Sitting on the floor with your soles of the feet pressed together and the knees as wide. Try to keep your knees as close to the floor as possible.
Interlace your hands behind your head and try to pull the elbows right back to open the chest and to feel a slight squeeze in the shoulder blades. Engage tummy muscles to sit with a straight spine and try to keep the knees down.
Exhale and now squeeze the elbows together and roll down through the spine, pulling the top of the head to the arches of the feet and the elbows toward the groin. Hold for a moment as your exhale all of the breathe. Breathe in to come back up.
Slowly repeat this movement for 6.
This movement opens up the upper back and shoulder blades to allow for more blood to flow through this area and then into the brain. This upper back area relates very strongly to the heart and heart constrictor meridians.
Then… Let the hands come down to hold the feet. Hold under the little toe side of the feet and pull them up slightly and then pull your upper body down to the feet. As you hold this and breathe, energy will flow into