Yin & Yang

Level 2 of my Kinesiology Foundation Course got underway this weekend and one of the subjects we have been covering is Yin and Yang. Often compared with the Einstein’s e=mc2 theory of relativity for it’s elegance in describing something so profound and complex with such simplicity.

So with that in mind, I wanted to share in this blog some of my teaching notes about these Taoist symbols, as they can offer great insight into our heath and wellbeing.

The easiest way of describing Yin and Yang are two opposite energies that can’t exist without each other, separate and yet intermingled. They demonstrate the way separate forces rely on each other, and how seemingly incompatible elements can create beauty and harmony together.

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Yin

Yang

The black curve with the white dot

The white curve with the black dot

Femininity

Masculinity

Cold

Heat

Night

Day

Matter

Spirit

Softness

Hardness

Passivity

Activity

When taken apart, both Yin and Yang are unbalanced and incapable of flourishing alone. Their unity however attains peace, balance and harmony. As one symbol rises, the other falls only to give way to its opposite within the circle (which represents the never-ending nature of this cycle.) Each must rely on the other to flourish, and each must accept the constant cycle of change that shifts their energy back and forth.

If the Yin-Yang forces in the body get unbalanced, then illness results.

Taking this further now … Meridians are energetic pathways which carry our life force (Yin – Yang) energy/chi or prana around our body much like our veins carry our blood. Although it is important to remember that our energy system is non-physical and invisible to the naked eye which can sometimes make it difficult for ‘conventional thinkers’ to connect with, however it is fast becoming recognised as the energy medicine of the future.

Interestingly Yin meridians are located on the anterior (front) and medial (inside) areas of the body. Yang meridians are located on the posterior (back) and lateral (outside) areas of the body.

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The front and medial aspect of the body is Yin, while the back and lateral aspect of the body is Yang (the Stomach meridian is the only Yang meridian located on the front of the body.)

 

Yin Meridians

Yang Meridians

Spleen

Stomach

Heart

Small Intestines

Kidney

Bladder

Circulation Sex

Triple Warmer

Liver

Gallbladder

Lung

Large Intestine

Central (Conception)

Governing

In Kinesiology we run, trace and/or flush meridians which means following the line of an energy channel with our hands (to encourage and rebalance the flow) and this alone can be incredible beneficial for the recipient .. However more advanced practitioners (and followers of Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM) are aware that Yin meridians respond to nourishing and soothing movements while Yang meridians become enlivened by speed and vigor.

Not all of this detail has been or will be covered at the weekend however I wanted to share it on my blog for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the ‘shady side of the hill’ and the ‘sunny side of the hill’ as they are often referred to in Eastern traditions.

I think I also love the concept of Yin and Yang because it is all about balance which of course is at the very heart of Kinesiology.