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A short introduction to Yin and Yang

The Yin Yang theory is the most basic foundation of Chinese medicine, upon which more complex principles are built such as the Five Elements theory.

From Oneness or Whole, Yin and Yang were separated into two opposing aspects. They are opposing, yet at the same time complementary. They are inter-dependent and mutually supporting. One also constantly consumes or transforms into another, so nothing in life is totally Yin, neither Yang.

There are always two aspects present, similarly as the poles of a moving pendulum.

Suffering occurs when the aspects are divided, separated or when one over-consumes the other. In short, the aspects loose “the beat”, the co-creation movement, because they feel too alien to each other. Wholeness (well-being), on the other hand, relies on the harmonious dance between Yin and Yang. It is the spiraling existence in which one aspects supports and gives rise to the other. Once there is imbalance, there is stagnation caused by over-powering of one of the aspects. The dance between Yin and Yang becomes clumsy and distorted.

The healthy body can find its own internal resources to guide the transformation back to the harmonious dance.

The goal of holistic practices offered here is to help one to restore his/her wholeness which can be found in flexibility of body and mind, calmness and free energy flow.

Every dis-ease can be looked at by looking at imbalances between Yin and Yang aspects on multiple levels. This includes the organs, blood/chi stagnation, physical occurrence of the pain/health problem (such as front/back, upper/lower body etc), time of occurrence (day or night) and the nature of the problem, related emotions, diet and climate, and so on.

Yin and Yang can be distinguished in every aspect of life, physical, emotional,and mental health. Hence, the Yin Yang theory helps to guide how to appreciate and learn from paradoxes in both discriminating and uniting various syndromes and problems of ill-being.

In short, the theory is used to train the practitioner to observe and combine what she perceives and understands
by looking at the two inter-dependent aspects of well-being (and life). The four principles of Yin and Yang, namely their opposition, inter-dependence, mutual consuming and supporting and inter-transformation, serve as the basic.

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