12 Meridians – 6 Yin, 6 Yang
There are 6 Yin meridians.
Yin meridians are located on the anterior (front) and medial (inside) areas of the body.
- Three are 3 Yin meridians on the arms.
- Three are 3 Yin meridians on the legs.
All of these meridians are found on the anterior (front) and medial aspects of the limbs, the abdomen and chest. The meridians run longitudinally along the limbs, so they are spaced out quite evenly on the anterior-medial aspect of the limbs.
There are 6 Yang meridians.
Yang meridians are located on the posterior (back) and lateral (outside) areas of the body.
- Three Yang meridians on the arms.
- Three Yang meridians on the legs.
All of these meridians are found on the posterior (back) and lateral aspects of the limbs, the back, head, and face. Of course there has to be an exception! The Stomach meridian, a Yang meridian, spans the abdomen and chest.
Get that Yang Qi Moving!
In general we want to move the Qi in the Yang meridians with vigor, and nourish the Qi in the Yin meridians with presence, poise, and calmness. In practice this translates into quicker strokes along the Yang areas of the body and slower, deeper contact on the Yin areas.
To affect the Qi in the meridians, prompt yourself during a massage to “feel for the Qi” and then allow your body to answer via your hands-on technique.
Learn all about the meridians by enrolling in Guide to the 12 Meridians, online at Big Tree School of Natural Healing.