Metal element TCM Wu Xing

Metal phase in the Wu Xing Cycle & the 5 Elements theory In Chinese Medicine, and in particular what is commonly referred to as Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing), the element of Metal comes to represent a moving away from the outward Yang like energies of the Wood and Fire elements that came before it and the grounded central point of Earth.    In the Metal stage of the Five phases we begin to see a retraction back to the introversion of Yin like energies. As the nurturing and containing warmth of Earth fades leaving in its place that which is contained; a somewhat colderRead More →

The Earth Element TCM

The Earth Element  Chinese Medicine & The Five Phases    When did you last stop and evaluate what was the centre of your Earth? The places, people and sensations that most ground you, most nourish your body and soul?   Too often in our frantic modern day lives we’re left feeling as if the world is spinning uncontrollably out of our grasp. The modern devices and media which surround us perpetuate a hunger to be constantly fulfilled, to always taste life as sweet, demoting the bitter to something which we should never have to experience, by right we’re told! But the more we search toRead More →

The 5 elements - Fire

The 5 Phases in TCM  Fire Element The heart is the centre from which we beat. The home of our emotions,the place from where we feel life, from where we feel alive!  It is the manifestation of spirit (Shen) within matter (Jing) that propels our energetic life force, our bioelectricity (Qi) around the body via the blood that it pumps.  And just like the fire element which it embodies, the energy of the heart can be both transformational and destructive, it can burn bright or it can burn out, it can be beautifully enigmatic or rampage ferociously out of control…, it can leave you feelingRead More →

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Wood phase – TCM & The 5 Elements   Like the Spring winds that spread the seeds from the blossoming flowers in order that more growth may occur, the Wood element represents all that is moving, developing and outwardardly expanding. A tree is firmly rooted into the earth yet at the same time flexible, with its swaying branches carving their own unique path to the heavens, allowing its fresh green leaves to reach for the sun and be rustled by the winds of change.   It is in this phase of the Chinese Wu Xing cycle that the seeds of creativity that came into beingRead More →

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The 5 Elements and Yin Yoga The five phases, also known as the five elements, or Wu Xing, are the representation of how Qi moves throughout the body in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Although hard to define according to Western cultures, Qi is often translated as energy; however it is so much more than simply electrical vibrations. Qi is the air that we breath, the food that we eat, the environment we consume and the emotions and thoughts that we experience, all of which combined manifest in the blood and tissues through which it travels of the body. When Qi is travelling freely the 5Read More →

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The 5 Elements in TCM: Water Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear. Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself. ~ Lao Tzu Water is yielding yet all-conquering, all knowing yet often unforgiving, dense and hard or flowing and formless. Dark and cold like the winter which brings rise to its energy; water is introspective in its nature, encouraging hibernation into the deep abyss in order to germinate the seeds of Spring for the Wood element that proceed it. Water is considered the most Yin of all the elements and can beRead More →

Yoga backbends and what’s stopping you going deeper.

Let’s talk about yoga backbends As someone with a pretty decent range of motion (ROM) in my back thanks to a combination of the bones god gave me, years of surfing which has made my back nice and strong and a very regular yoga practice through my job; you guessed it as a yoga teacher! backbends have always been enjoyable for me. A great pick me up when I need a boost of energy and an easy go to for an insta star pose! But what’s really going on back there in a backbend and why do some people loathe these poses just as IRead More →