Yuji, is the name of the 10th acupuncture point on the lung meridian. It is located on the fleshy part of the palm at the base of the thumb. It translates as Fish Pond and energetically draws fire energy into the lung meridian, which moves metal energy. The relationship between fire and metal is part of what is called the Ko cycle, or control cycle. The control cycle reflects how specific energies temper other frequencies, in this case how fire energy can control metal energy by warming or melting it.
As we look to the organs that resonate fire and metal frequencies we find the yin aspects of each in the chest: Lungs (yin metal) and Heart/pericardium (yin fire). Balance is often thought of as equal parts, but if we look at the yin/yang symbol we may come to understand balance, at least in the living, requires more yang than yin energy. Life is expansion/yang.
When people are expanding their consciousness I see their lung field unifies with the heart field to allow for openness as the energy is flowing in and out of the center of the chest easily. In a moment of contraction the heart field closes and other frequencies come forward, sometimes the kidneys (water/fear) or the lungs (metal/grief) or the liver (wood/frustration). When we do our inner work, the lung energy remains integrated with heart even when there is contraction.
If we are mindful we may notice in our bodies when these subtle shifts occur. One pose to help temper the metal energy of the lungs and ultimately unify them with the fire of the heart is called Matsyasana, or Fish Pose.
Props: 2 blocks, 3-5 blankets or 1 bolster.
· Come to lie on your back, relax the spine into the floor. Take a deep breath in through the nose, close your eyes and exhale. Repeat 3 times or as many as desired. Breathing deep into the backside of the ribcage.
· Place one block horizontally, on the lowest height, under your shoulder blades, behind the heart.
· Place the second block behind the head, vertically on medium height.
· If using blankets, fold into a thick (5- 10 inches in height) rectangle and place vertically on the ground near your tailbone. Relax back over the blankets, relaxing your shoulders and soften your neck.
Pay attention to your neck. The intention is create length and openness, so notice any compression, tension, or crunching. Keeping a soft and strain free posture that opens through the neck and chest.