According to Taoist theory, Yin and Yang are two opposite but complementary energies - one cannot exist without the other and one exists in relation to the other - two forces that, as human beings, we should try to balance in order to enhance our life experience.
Yin refers to a feminine energy: it is about stillness, silence, introspection, the moon, darkness.
On the contrary, Yang is a masculine energy: it is dynamic, active, extroverted, noisy; it’s about the light and the sun.
The question is: how do we achieve this balance in our daily life?
First it’s important to understand our predominant energy and the one we mainly feed in our life.
If we have a predominant Yang energy, that means we are usually extroverted, dynamic people who are always busy with some kind of project or activity (either related to our work or hobbies). The fact is that if we don’t introduce some sort of Yin energy in our life, we very easily tend to get worried and experience stress and anxiety. Our Yang energy is very intense and requires the stillness and introspection of the Yin to return to a state of balance.
On the contrary, if we are people with a predominant Yin energy, we are generally calm, introspective; we like silence, stillness, manual activities. Even in this case, if we do not balance our energy by introducing some Yang, we can very easily tend to isolate ourselves, experience problems at a social level or even get depressed in the worst scenario. Our Yin energy becomes stagnant and requires the dynamism and activity of Yang to return to balance.
The search for balance consists of feeding our opposite energy, which can be undoubtedly challenging given our natural tendency to choose the energy that is predominant in us. So sitting in meditation or being still will require an important effort for a Yang person as much as going out for a run or exercising will be tough for a predominant Yin person.
Here is a list of Yin and Yang activities you can choose from to bring your energy - and consequently your life - into a state of balance and inner peace:
- Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga yoga
- Going for a run or a fast-paced walk
- Yin yoga
- Painting, Drawing, Creating Mandalas
Remember that these two energies are in constant movement, which implies that in some phases of your life – but even during the course of a single day - you will be more Yin or Yang. So bringing awareness to how you feel is essential to understand which is what you need at all times.