Bloom a Lotus in the Spring…

Via Cora Wen
on Mar 15, 2010
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Spring in Chinese Medicine


Element – Wood
Colour – Green
Nature – Yang
Organs – Liver/Gall Bladder
Emotion – Anger/Determination
Taste – Sour
Condition – Windy
Direction – East

Chinese Medicine and Yoga

Feeling sluggish in your Yoga lately? Can’t get started on new projects, or feeling anxious and unfocused?

Try some poses to tone and calm your Liver Chi and see if you can find Springs exuberance…

In Chinese medicine, there are Five Elements which draw from nature.  Metal is Autumn, Water is Winter, Wood is Spring, and Fire and Earth is Summer. Since Spring is Wood, a Tree: growth and the beginning of new activity. More on Chinese Medicine and Spring .

Each Element in Chinese Medicine is linked to the organs they support. Spring Wood Chi supports the Liver and Gall Bladder. The Liver controls muscles and tendons, so if you have tight joints or recurring joint problems this could mean an over-stressed liver.

In the Yoga bible, Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar, poses to tonify Liver and Gall Bladder include inversions, back bends, twists and forward bends. Yoga poses like sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, dhanurasana, salabhasana and bhujangasana can tone the liver and gall bladder.

Here’s a sequence of poses that will  tonify and invigorate Liver and Gall Bladder Chi! All Poses are courtesy of Yoga Journal. Check out their new online sequence builder tool!

Please practice at the level that is comfortable  and reasonable for you, as the Liver and Gall Bladder must be calm to stay healthy!

2725-117Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

Marjaryasana (Cat Pose )2675-104

248Bitilasana (Cow Pose)

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)2716-23

2759-108Malasana (Garland Pose)

216_Prasarita_248Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend)

248Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)2716-23

7146Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Split)

2716-23Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

209_UpDogUrdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog)

2006_Bhujangasana_248Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)


Salambhasana (Locust Pose)

219_Urdhva_248Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow or Wheel Pose)

210_DwiPada_248Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Upward Facing Two-Foot Staff Pose )

213_AnandaBalasana_248Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)

Jathra-Parivartanasana (Belly Churning Pose)

209_Uttanasana_248Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

216_Salamba_248Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand)

193_Bridge_248Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

248BharadvajasanaI(Bharadvaja’s Twist)

203_MarichyasanaI_248Marichyasana I (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I)

248JanuSirsasanaJanu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend)

4951-HP_201_08Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)

248PaschimottanasaPaschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

2657-18Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

248savasanaSavasana (Corpse Pose)


Taj 4DonnaMCora Wen is a self admitted Yoga Crone. A traditionalist who has studied and practiced yoga for two decades and remains curious and uplifted by the constant and endless teachings of Yoga. Cora is certified at the highest levels of ERYT500 and CYT. She specialises in alignment based Yoga, and works with many students suffering from chronic injuries and long term illnesses. She travels across the globe sharing an infectious love of Yoga, and would love to to share  Energy and Yoga with You!

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About Cora Wen

CORA WEN grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Asia and the West, and took refuge in the Buddha as a teen. An international childhood growing up in Hong Kong and Indonesia, Switzerland, Australia and the US, has instilled the spirit of a travelling adventurer. After sowing wild oats in New York City in the 70s with rockers Deborah Harry and Patti Smith, she had careers in fashion and banking. Since 1994, Cora has taught Yoga, mentored by America’s most influential Yoga lineage. She has been dedicated since 2002 in support of indigenous culture for exiled Tibetan people and land mine victims. Find her at


6 Responses to “Bloom a Lotus in the Spring…”

  1. […] favourite Yoga poses for Liver and Gall Bladder health are  Sarvangasana, Paschimottanasana, Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, Dhanurasana, Salabhasana and […]

  2. Hi, Cora.

    Great pics and nice layout.



  4. "Can’t get started on new projects, or feeling anxious and unfocused?"

    Seriously, Cora, have you been reading my mind (or perhaps my Facebook posts)? That's just creepy.

    LOL Thanks so much for this!! Namaste

  5. […] season acts as the transition from Yang to Yin energy, supporting the space between the cycle of Spring growth (Wood), active Summer abundance (Fire) and the inward, cooler emotions of Fall and Winter […]