Why is Yin & Yang important to Qigong?
Chinese culture has various ways to look & interact with the world. One of the most recognizable icons is the Yin Yang symbol. The symbol can be viewed in many ways. Philosophically however, it is an interaction between polarities.
Understanding Yin & Yang
Yin is the feminine, coolness, moisture, darkness, softness, night, negativity, material, & contraction. Yang is masculinity, heat, dryness, brightness, hardness, day, positivity, energy & expansion. All phenomena can be seen as by the dance of these two polarities. Everything from inanimate objects, creatures, the seasons, the constellations & planets, the elements, birth, growth, illness, death, behaviors, & emotions can be reduced to Yin and Yang.
Yin and Yang being polarities are always opposite of each other. From this dynamic of being opposite, they are interdependent and cannot exist without each other. In depending on each other, they mutually consume each other constantly causing change. In changing, Yin and Yang can transform into each other once the time is right. Example) Spring can only come after Winter.
Yin & Yang in TCM
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina, Guasha/Scrapping, Herbology) Yin and Yang takes a bodily dimension. Blood, & fluids which are wet are classified as Yin substances. Energy (Qi), which is moving and invigorating is classified as Yang. Thus, any imbalance of Yin & Yang can cause tension, pain, and ailment. However, a balance & harmony of Yin and Yang can cause vitality and good health. Of course, this gets much more specific and individualistic when we analyze the Pulse & Tongue, and gather information of the Meridian & Organ relationships from that.
What does Yin & Yang relate to in Qigong?
In Qigong, Yin and Yang takes a energetic stance. Stillness & physical body postures are considered Yin. Movement & intention are considered Yang. Breathwork can be both Yin & Yang. Through a combination of posture, intention, & breath Yin and Yang converge within us and we become a reflection of the universe, a microcosm within the macrocosm.
What are the Origins of Yin & Yang?
It is said the birthplace of Yin and Yang is Wuji. Wuji the infinite & nothingness. It is the primordial space of unity where nothing is separated and all is one. And of course our centre pays homage to Wuji.