Yoga and The Kidneys

The kidneys are one of our most precious organs. They primarily remove waste and excess fluid from the body. They also regulate the body's salt, potassium and acid content and produce hormones that affect the function of other organs. One hormone produced by the kidneys stimulates red blood cell production. Another hormone helps to regulate blood pressure and control calcium metabolism.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), kidneys are the house of our essence, the root of our life force. They are considered the flame of life and the foundation of health, vitality, and longevity.

These mighty organs drive the metabolic process of our human body & their energy controls the birth-growth-death cycle like a seedling that holds the growth potential of an entire tree. In TCM, our kidneys have a genetic blueprint of who we are and are paramount to our health & wellness.

The Kidneys are the root of all things Yin & Yang, balancing the forces of the elements within our body.

Season associated with the Kidney: Winter

The element associated with the Kidney: Water

Kidney energy in balance looks like: Strong bones, healthy fluid regulation, healthy libido, focus and feeling energetic.

The practice of asana, pranayama and kriyas can keep the internal organs healthy, particularly improving the overall function of the kidneys.

Asanas such as gentle twists and backbends will contract and massages the kidneys.

Pranayamas practice of Nadi Sodhana will balance the nervous system and relieve kidney stress.

Kriyas are an excellent technique used to purify the entire system. Practising regularly, we will feel light and increase the flow of the prana to every single cell of the body.

Strengthening our Kidney and ensuring its healthy function is a must for embracing the many challenges of modern life & gracefully aging with strength & vitality.

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