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Liver and Yoga - Part 1: Understanding

Bertrand Charlot

It's spring, synonymous with renewal. Nature is waking up, plants are coming out of the ground, sap is rising in the trees... Our body is also waking up after this long winter period and the organ most affected by this movement of renewal is the liver, whose spring is precisely the season.

It has two main functions in our body: regulating the circulation of energy and putting the blood in reserve.

The liver has an ascending energy, it is the energy of Spring. Linked to Wood and the Wind element, it represents vitality, spring sap, renewal. Its related emotion is anger but it is also assimilated to dreams, projects, as well as vital momentum, desire.

We can compare the liver to a conductor because it is he who harmonizes the general organization of all the functions of the body by a free circulation of energy. The liver meridian has an impact on our happiness, its energy is responsible for the health of our joints and ligaments.


Emotions and thought are closely linked to the functioning of organs and in particular the most sensitive of them, the liver. Depressive states, insomnia, phases of anxiety, irritability and even anger can appear during this period.

Knowing how to manage one's emotions not only optimizes one's vitality, but above all prevents the onset of potentially serious illnesses.

Step 1: Understand yourself

How do you deal with the following situations?

  • Someone makes a promise to you, agrees to do something, and doesn't.
  • You lend an object or money and the other does not give it to you, or gives you the damaged object.
  • Someone ridicules you or humiliates you in front of other people.
  • Your spouse forgets your birthday.
  • You are sure to be right when another person is stubborn.

At least one of his situations is a source of anger, involving at least one other person.

Step 2: Exercise

When you realize that you are experiencing anger:

1. Take three deep breaths.

2. Then "and most importantly" give yourself the right to experience this anger. Accept the idea that you are human, that certain inner wounds are not yet resolved and that this anger can allow you to discover them in order to finally heal them.

These first two steps will help you refocus.

3. Then acknowledge that it's actually yourself you're angry at, the way you react or the way you feel. When your anger involves another person, it's important to let them know what you've been through by telling them about the anger you're feeling towards yourself. There should be no accusation towards the other.

4. It is possible to mirror the person concerned. This technique is great for helping you get to know yourself better and become more aware: Write down what you accuse the other of being and then check to see if you happen to be like that at times. It will help you to have more compassion for yourself and for others.

5. Go even further and find out when in the past you have accused a parent of the same thing. This relative is generally the same sex as the person with whom you experienced anger. It can help you make forgiveness with your relative.

Helen Duval