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YIN YANG

The subtle Balance of Life

The Yin (陰) - Yang (陽) symbol (Also called 'Taiji' - 'Supreme Ultimate') is a widely known symbol. It is in fact a very useful tool for understanding the world within and without and thus can be consulted to modify our actions and behaviours on a daily basis to maintain health, balance and harmony. Here is an introduction to Yin-Yang and qualities defined by each extreme:

Yin:

Black

Dark

Moon

Night

Sleep/restfulness

Soft

Quietude

Feminine

Direction: down

Contraction

Earth/ground

Yang:

White

Bright

Sun

Day

Activity/Wakefulness

Hard

Noise

Masculine

Direction: up

Expansion

Heaven/sky

As can be seen from the above examples, Yin and Yang are mutually dependent yet opposite qualities and one cannot exist without the other. In essence, Ying-Yang can be used to understand all phenomena of the manifest world of form and there are also more complex patterns, patterns within patterns and interrelationships and interactions which require mastery to understand. The meaning of the characters themselves (Yin (陰) - Yang (陽)) is emblematic of the mutual interdependence of the two opposites because Yin = light side of the hill and Yang = dark side of the hill.

Here is an example from daily life:

Waking up in the morning means that one was in a yin state (sleep) in order to replenish their yang to be able to wake up in the morning (the beginning of yang, sun rising) and commence activity. Once we wake up we are in a yang state and proceed to carry out our activities until we need to rest again (yin).

Ying yang can be understood and regulated by Qigong practice. Contact us to find out how!