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The Health & Wellness Magazine - Winter 2022 Issue

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Online Yoga Classes:

⇒ Online Yoga on Wednesday Evening and Saturday Morning.

⇒ Face-to-Face Yoga is Back again on Wednesday Evening and Saturday Morning.

This will happen at the same time, so if you want to attend a class but want to do it from home, now you can using Zoom. Just let Susan know so she can send you the info you may need to join.

The Concept of Yin & Yang

by Dr Danny Siegenthaler

The concept of Yin-Yang is probably the single most important and distinctive theory of Chinese Medicine. It could be said that all Chinese medical physiology, pathology and treatment, eventually, be reduced to Yin-Yang.

At it’s most basic, Yin and Yang are opposites or dualities, for example Yin is Cold and Yang is Hot. Yin is Day and Yang is Night, etc. However, the concept of Yin & Yang is a lot more complex than it first appears.
For example while Hot Water is considered to be Yang and Cold Water is Yin (with respect to the Hot water), Hot water is Yin when compared to Steam, which is considered Yang (or more Yang than just Hot water). Similarly, Cold water is Yang when contrasted to Ice.

Yin and Yang can be seen as two sides of the same coin. For example, a day (24 hours) is made up of day-time and night-time; day being Yang in nature, while night is Yin in nature, however, as the hours move along the time continuum Day slowly turns to Night and vice versa. Mid-day is considered the most Yang time of the day, mid-night, in contrast is the most Yin. Each of these extremes are however only very short points in time, so as Mid-night becomes dawn, Yin-energy decreases while Yang-energy increases until it reaches it’s peak at Mid-day. The same is true for the yearly cycle of seasons. Winter is extreme Yin, while Summer is extreme Yang, Autumn is a balance of Yin and Yang, as is Spring. The difference here is that in Spring, Yang-energy is on the rise and the Yin energy is in decline, while in Autumn the Yin energy is on the rise and Yang is declining.

As with seasons and days, etc., our body also has cyclic Yin-Yang energy waining and gaining as the day/seasons change. It is important to remember that neither Yin or Yang can exist in isolation. The interdependence of Yin and Yang is represented in the Yin/Yang symbol

Yin-Yang Symbol
Black represents YIN, Thus, Yin exists within Yang and vice versa.

When Yin and Yang are in balance, there is good health of mind, body & spirit, however, when Yin/Yang are out of balance, disease manifests.

 

In Yin Excess (true Cold) there is too much Cold in the body and the person craves heat. The Yin energy is in excess, while the Yang energy is at a ’normal’ level. An example of this is Arthritic pain that is exacerbated by Winter, application of heat packs or hot baths relieve the pain and aching joints.

In the case of Yang Excess (true Heat), the person is feeling hot and bothered. This is often seen in people with hypertension (high blood pressure) who has a red face, gets angry easily, is generally irritable and loud.

When considering Yin Depletion (false Heat) the heat experienced is transient. Menopause is a classic example of Yin Depletion, hot flushes, sweating at night, mood swings and so on. The Yin energy in the body is unable, at times, to control the Yang (hot) energy in the body, so every now and then the heat flairs up and hot flushes result.

The Yang Depletion (false Cold) is spontaneously deficient. The decrease of Yang energy leads to cold, chilliness and other symptoms which, to an extent, are similar to Yin Excess.

 

Without getting too technical, the body’s organs are also said to be either Yin or Yang – Yin Organs are the Heart, Lungs, Spleen, Liver and Kidneys; while the Yang Organs are the Pericardium (sack around the Heart), Stomach, Small and Large Intestines, Gallbladder, Bladder and Triple Heater (a ‘curious organ’ in Chinese medicine, connecting the upper, middle and lower parts of the body). Each of the organs may develop a deficiency or excess of either Yin or Yang resulting in health issues.

Similarly, the body’s surfaces are also divided into Yin/Yang as is seen in the image on the right.

As is becoming obvious, Yin and Yang are not merely opposites but they control, generate and balance each other.

Yin-Yang Body Surface
Yin/Yang Surfaces of the Body

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know your foot has 26 bones in it?
Did you know the average human brain contains around 78% water?
Did you know a 1/4 of your bones are in your feet?
Did you know your tongue is the fastest healing part of your body?
Did you know a 1 minute kiss burns 26 calories?
Did you know you burn more calories sleeping than watching TV?
Did you know an average person will spend 25 years asleep?

Did You Know?

Did you know a group of frogs is called an army?
Did you know a group of rhinos is called a crash?
Did you know a group of kangaroos is called a mob?
Did you know a group of whales is called a pod?
Did you know a group of geese is called a gaggle?
Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament?
Did you know a group of chimpanzees is called a troop?

We hope you enjoyed our 1st Edition of our Wellness Magazine. We are always open to constructive feedback and ideas for future articles. If you have a particular topic you would like us to cover relating to yoga, alternative medicine, meditation, etc., please let us know and we will include it in an up coming Magazine

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