Yin Yoga Philosophy
YIN YOGA & CHINESE MEDICINE
Yin yoga is deeply rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine & its connection can be understood in the following ways:
- Meridian System: TCM recognizes a complex network of energy pathways called meridians through which Qi (vital energy) flows. Yin yoga incorporates the concept of meridians by targeting specific meridian lines in the body through long-held poses.
Each Yin pose is designed to stimulate & activate specific meridians, promoting the smooth flow of Qi & restoring balance in the body.
Yin yoga & Chinese Medicine
Nine years ago, I embarked on a transformative journey, initiating my Yin Yoga & Chinese Medicine teacher trainings. This journey was born out of my deep fascination with the profound principles of Chinese Medicine and their potential integration into physical practice.
My personal curiosity and desire for a deeper understanding drove me to immerse myself in the rich philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specifically exploring how it aligns with Yin Yoga.
Taoism & Yin Yoga
Taoism, also known as Daoism, is an ancient Chinese belief system encompassing religious & philosophical teachings dating back over 2000 years.
At the core of Taoism is the principle of “Living Life like Flowing Water,” rooted in the wisdom of Lao Tzu & Chuang Tzu, esteemed Chinese philosophers. This philosophy encourages us to embrace the natural flow of life with a calm & tranquil spirit, much like the unwavering strength of water. Water effortlessly navigates obstacles by flowing with the current instead of resisting it.
Embracing Life’s Bittersweet Symphony
The symphony of life’s imperfections and the interplay between the bitter and the sweet resonates deeply with the principles of Yin and Yang within Chinese Medicine.
In Chinese Medicine, the concept of Yin and Yang represents the duality and interconnectedness of life. Yin is associated with qualities like darkness, receptivity, and softness, while Yang represents brightness, activity, and strength. Life’s imperfections, struggles, and challenges can be seen as the Yang aspects, full of energy and activity. At the same time, the moments of peace, reflection, and acceptance align more with Yin…
Taoism Philosophy – Empty Your Cup
In ancient times, a person deeply knowledgeable about Buddhism heard of an old Zen master and decided to visit him.
Upon meeting the old Zen master, the visitor felt arrogant, thinking, “I have extensive knowledge of Buddhism. How old are you?”
The old Zen master, maintaining respect, began to make tea for his guest. The glass became full as he poured the water, yet he continued pouring.
Perplexed, the visitor asked, “Master, why do you keep pouring water when the glass is already full?”
Embracing Anxiety: A Yoga Teacher’s Journey
‘When people start to meditate or work with any sort of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are. It’s a bit like saying, “If I jog, I’ll be a much better person.” If I only could get a nicer house, I’d be a better person.”
But loving kindness… toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything… It means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness.