WOOD ELEMENT

Sources: Yin training manual, Detox training with Juan Pablo Barahona, Wood Becomes Water book by Gail Reichstein, fractalenlightenment.com, 5elementfood.blogspot.com, acatcm.com for meridian jpgs

Organs: Liver (yin) & Gallbladder (yang) 

Season: Spring

Climate: Windy

Emotions: Anger, irritability, frustration, resentment

Connecting to: eyes, tendons, joints, ligaments, nails

Flavor: Sour

Color: Green

Stage in the Manifestation Process: Planning & decision making, new growth 

Healing breath: Shhhh

Yoga Asana: Side body opening, twists, hip openers, inversions, movement you enjoy, practice with a clear progression & purpose

Balanced: Peaceful, confidant, insightful, strategic, decisive, motivated, resourceful, forgiving, patient, assertive

Phase in the Menstrual Cycle: Follicular, build lining for implantation

Wood in Deficiency: Blurred or weak vision, deficient immune response, passive behavior, scanty menstruation, dry skin, low self esteem, cold hands and feet, inability to make decisions, depression, lack of creative interest, inability to take action or come up with ideas 

Wood in Excess: moodiness/ irritability/ depression, high blood pressure, anger, menstrual cramps, rigidity, inflammation, diarrhea, nausea, pounding headache, lack of energy, stuffy head or chest, difficulties bending and stretching 

Process

Human Life Cycle: Birth through childhood

Cycle of Day: Sunrise

Direction & energetic Flow: South, upwards

Hours: Gallbladder (11 pm- 1 am) Sleep & regenerate; Liver (1 am- 3 am) Deep resting & dreaming. If you wake up during this time your liver is overwhelmed by the detox process (alcohol, chemicals, drugs, poor diet all need detox by the liver)

Wood & Food: The Wood Element manifests in the food we eat with its distinctive flavor, shape, and color. The foods eaten during Spring and the quality of the foods we eat affect the Wood element and the Liver (which absorbs the toxins and the excess metabolites).

Sour Foods: Bok choy, chard, broccoli rabe, spinach, asparagus, celery, citrus (especially oranges, lemons, grapefruit), sour plum, pineapple, sourdough bread, pickles, olives

 

Balanced lifestyle

Elemental Spirit: Hun "ethereal soul" associated with long range commitments, karmic connections, and continues to exist after death

Essential oils: Basil, cedarwood, cypress, fennel, frankincense, juniper, orange, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang...

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