Meridian of the Month | Liver

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The meridian lines of the body are energetic highways that provide a path for Qi and other substances to flow. This year, we will learn details about one of the meridians each month as they coordinate with the time of year / season that we are currently in. For March, let’s discuss the Liver pathway!

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The Journey of the Liver Lines

This meridian line begins by the inside of the big toe. It crosses over the top of the foot, in front of the inside ankle and travels up the inner leg past the inner thigh, groin and pubic region. It then circulates the external genitals then connects with the conception vessel in the lower abdomen and travels up around the stomach enter both the liver and gall bladder.

The lower two surface points of the ribs are the next connection point, where the channel then dips into the ribcage, runs up through the throat, eye and ends at the crown of the head where it connects with the governing vessel. One branch moves through the mouth. While another, from within the liver, reaches the lunges restarting the circulation of chi.

The Liver Meridian | General / Chief of Staff

The liver is responsible for controlling the volume and fluidity of blood through the circulatory system via the blood vessels. The liver organ serves as a storage location for blood in the body. It works to detoxify blood, generates and secretes bile and aids in digestion through the breakdown of complex substances. Energetically, in TCM, the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of emotions, Qi and Blood. Both the flow of Qi and physical function of the liver are deeply impacted by excess stress and intense emotion.

Our peripheral nervous system is intersected by several points along this meridian channel. The peripheral nerves control muscular activity and tension. If you are experiencing difficulty relaxing muscles, it may be related to an imbalance in your Liver meridian. Motor activity and health as well as coordination issues may also reflect dysfunction in these channels.

There are 14 points along this meridian line and the element of the liver channel is wood. The energetics of this meridian is closely related to our ability to “digest” emotion. Much can be learned about the health of the liver by noticing consistent emotional responses. A healthy emotional expression might be highlighted by willpower, confidence, courage, satisfaction, contentment, enthusiasm, cooperation, acceptance and surrender. An unhealthy expression would focus on feelings of envy, irritability, frustration, impatience and excessive ambition. Every meridian has a yin or yang counterpart or complimentary meridian. The Liver lines are yin and the Gallbladder lines (next month’s post!) are the yang counterpart that also shares the wood element. The active season for the Liver meridian is spring and the time of day the meridian is most active is between 1am – 3am.

Resistance to ChangeOpen to Change
Stays Stuck (Rut)Transforms (Groove)
Yin Postures for the Liver Meridian
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These one hour webinars focus on the meridians in a bit more detail if you want to learn more.

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    1. Yes absolutely. I’m working on putting that option together here in the next week. Will let you know when it is ready 🙂

    2. I had a few minutes and went ahead and set it up. You can purchase and pay for shipping once. I can send everything that is out so far and then you’ll receive a monthly shipment through the end of the year. OR I can mail them all together in December. Up to you – just let me know!

    1. Hey Elaine! Thanks for the comment. Yes you can share it online as long as you tag me. I will soon have a way to virtually purchase so you can print yourself too if you’d like.

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Nancy is the fearless leader here at Nancy Nelson Yoga! She has been instructing yoga since 2012 and is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) with Yoga Alliance. She loves guiding yoga classes in all forms – from sweaty vinyasa flows, to slow mindful movement - but her favorite style to practice and teach is yin yoga. She attended a formal 50-hour Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts in the fall of 2018 and it truly propelled her into developing her yin focused website, webinars and trainings.

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