Late Summer represents the transition from the Yang energies of the Spring and Summer cycles of growth, flowering, and fruiting, and into the more Yin energies of Autumn and Winter's harvest, storing, and dormancy period. Five Element theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) organizes each season with corresponding elements and organ systems in the body. For Late Summer, we are in the season corresponding to Earth and the organ systems of Spleen and Stomach in TCM.
Spleen and Stomach in TCM are thought of as the organs responsible for our digestive health and immune systems. They also play an important role in building and nourishing the blood and muscles. When Spleen and Stomach are strong and in balace, we would expect a healthy and regular digestion, strong immune defenses, good energy, relaxed mood, and well-developed or defined muscles. Conversely, when Spleen and Stomach are weak we often see digestive imbalance, low immune system with frequent colds, flu, or allergies, low energy, and a tendency towards soft muscles or carrying excess weight.
Read more a Christina Wallace's blog: Health for All Seasons. Christina is a Certified Acupuncturist who meets with clients at our studio. Learn more about Christina by visiting Yoga Shivaya's Healing Arts page.
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This Blog is drawn from the collective wisdom of the Yoga Shivaya community: its teachers, healing arts practitioners and students. All entries are posted by Kathleen Conlon Hinge, the studio's Director. Read more about Kathleen on our Teachers page.