Applying Yin and Yang Principles
in Everyday Life
The idea of Yin and Yang comes from ancient Chinese philosophy and it's not something we often talk about in Western philosophy. It has been around for a very long time, like thousands of years! Yin and Yang help people understand how things in the world are connected.
Imagine a big puzzle. Yin and Yang are like two puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly. They are different but need each other to complete the puzzle. Yin represents things like darkness, quietness, and coolness. Yang, on the other hand, represents things like brightness, activity, and warmth. They are like opposites, but they also need each other to exist.
Yin and Yang show us that everything in the world has both sides. For example, day and night, hot and cold, and even good and bad. They are like a balancing act, where one side can't be too strong without the other. They remind us that harmony and balance are important in life.
So, even though we might not talk about Yin and Yang a lot in the Western world, it's a fascinating concept that has helped people from ancient times understand how everything is connected and how balance is key in our world.
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.
Yin and Yang In Everyday Life
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 harmonize with the season's energy.
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.
Practice Emei Qigong for Yin/Yang Balance
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