Yin and Yang In Everyday Life
The concept of Yin and Yang is not something that is common in western philosophy. It originated in ancient Chinese philosophy and has been used for thousands of years to understand the world around us.
Yin and Yang in some ways are self-balancing. Its co-existence and dependence on each other makes its concept that is easy to understand but difficult to fully embrace.
It is based on the idea of dualism, which states that all things have opposing forces that balance each other.
Yin and Yang represent the two opposite, yet complementary forces in the universe and in the beginning stages of the concept, are often symbolized by a black-and-white circle.
In Chinese medicine, Yin and Yang are used to explaining why some things work together and why some things don’t. In Emei Qigong’s Level 2 Training, we also learn why some people are more successful than others.
In relating Yin and Yang to Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM), winter is considered the most Yin season. It is associated with stillness, darkness, and introspection. It is a time to slow down, rest, and conserve energy. Eat warm, cooked foods, and nurture yourself. I have personally found that eating a more vegetarian-based diet in the winter helps me to harmonize with the energy of the season.
Incorporating gentle, soothing exercise is important to support our bodies' natural response to winter, the season of extreme Yin. In contrast, TCM tells us that Summer is our most Yang Season. We can readily incorporate a more vigorous exercise schedule and more raw foods into our diet.
Qigong is considered a Yin practice. It is an ancient Chinese practice that combines still (seated) and standing movements, breathing techniques, visualization, and meditation. Qigong is a slow, gentle practice that is designed to balance the body and mind, and it is often used to help with stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
Emei Qigong Forms and movements are designed to provide the Yin/Yang balance that we need regardless of the season. The changing of seasons can challenge our nature and are called external influences. As we practice and cultivate, subtle changes happen, bringing our life and vision into focus. In a sense, this practicing Emei Qigong brings an essence of personal Feng Shui to our being.
Emei Qigong teachings incorporate a thorough understanding of Yin and Yang principles and applications.
If you would like to know more, join a class or two. The classes are friendly and beginners are always welcome.
Stan Pannone, 14th Generation Emei Qigong Master