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Gall Bladder

Bent Leg Closer (Beginner)

Gall Bladder Pose
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John Kelly

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Start Stretch Here Position One
Bent Leg Closer - Starting Stretch Position
Stretching happens throughout the movement, not just at the end position.
Continuously resist while moving from position one into position two.
End Stretch Here Position Two
Bent Leg Closer - Ending Stretch Position
Continue to resist in position two. You won’t get a stretch without resistance.
Stretching without resistance can lead to injury.

Getting Into Position

Lie on your back. Bend both legs and bring them up into the air. Place both hands on the outside of each knee.

Resistance Flexibility Training

Begin in position one and resist while moving into position two.

Start with both legs opened wide, out to the side. Continuously push both of your legs out to the side, away from each other, as you use your arms to overcome the force of your legs, bringing them in toward each other.

Resistance Strength Training

Begin in position two and resist while moving into position one.

Start with both legs closed together. Continuously push both legs out to the side, away from each other, as you use your arms to slow down the movement of your legs.


Natural breathing is the best way to breathe when Resistance Stretching. Your body knows how to breathe, you simply have to let it show you. Learn more...


This type of stretch can help to increase the flexibility and strength of the muscles on the lateral side of your hips, legs, feet, torso, neck, and head. They can also improve the health of your gall bladder, ligaments, improve fat metabolism, and your ability to turn right or left. Psychologically, this type of stretch can help to increase your decision-making, advocacy, devotion, and dismantle dependency problems.

The high and low emotional traits associated with this stretch are...
Dependable - I am very devoted and loyal to others.
Undpendable - I lack devotion to my own life.

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Henok Negash #21 - May 11, 2014 5:24
makes sense
Marin Cleveland #150 - Jul 5, 2018 19:33
I have inflexibility on my gallbladder meridian. So the gallbladder is my focus. With that said, I'm confused when to stretch and when to strengthen or to do both? Can you let me know?
In addition, can you advise wether I should stretch or strengthen the following?
balancing (liver)
Opposing (Superficial) (sexual)
Opposing (True) (Heart)
Completing (thymus)
Luther Bryan Cowden #152 - Jul 5, 2018 19:49
Hi Marin. Inflexibility in a yang muscle group is primarily caused by an accumulation of dense fascia and scar tissue in that area which prevents the ability of that muscle to fully lengthen (and shorten). Stretch the muscle while using your tension and resistance to reduce this accumulation. Strengthening can help in other ways, but not mostly to increase flexibility. Yes, I recommend going through all of the muscle group relationships, primarily those you listed.
Marin Cleveland #154 - Jul 6, 2018 3:05
Got it! Thank you so much Luther. Really appreciate it.

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