Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Yoga to rebalance- Yin/Yang

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Yin and yang are two opposing energies - while yang energy is active, yin energy is passive. The two energies correspond to masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) energies.  The qualities associated with the masculine energy include action, strength, focus, drive while those of the feminine energy include compassion, nurturing, ability to adapt to change, intuition. Whether you are a man or a woman you have both masculine and feminine energies and both are essential to your wellbeing .

In yoga the masculine energy is represented by the Hindu deity Shiva while the feminine energy is represented by Shakti, the divine mother. There is a 'dance' between these two energies - at times we need to tap into our feminine energy and at other times our masculine energy needs to come to the fore.

In terms of our yoga practice yang yoga is active and includes yoga flows.  Yin yoga involves longer holds.  Whereas yang yoga targets the muscles, yin yoga targets connective tissue, tendons and ligaments.

In our yoga practice this week we practice both yin and yang yoga. Yin yoga at the beginning of the practice helps us open to the yang flows will will practice and the yin yoga at the end of the practice helps calm the body and mind in preparation for meditation.  We end with a meditation to reflect on how you can balance yin and yang, masculine and feminine in your life.

Namaste,

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