In today’s post, I’m going to explain how to achieve balance between Yin and Yang (Yin Yang balance) in our daily lives. Please note that the below content is for informational purposes only and in no way is intended to be a substitute for medical advice.
Yin Yang balance in our bodies
In order to achieve health and well-being in our lives, it is important to balance Yin and Yang. When this balance is disturbed, we could become ill, and conversely, when we are ill, the balance could be easily offset.
When there is excessive Yang in our bodies, we could have a flushed complexion, high temperature, dehydration, insomnia, constipation, irritability, or restlessness. When there is excessive Yin in our bodies, we could have a pale complexion, fatigue, chills, or diarrhea.
Major internal organs of the human body fall under the category of either Yin or Yang organs. Yin organs are the lung, spleen, liver, kidneys, and heart (and the pericardium), while Yang organs are the large intestine, triple burner, small intestine, stomach, gall bladder and urinary bladder.
The exterior parts of the human body — such as hair, skin, muscles — are Yang, while the interior parts of our body — such as organs, brain and bones — are Yin. When it comes to the front and back, the former is Yin and the latter is Yang. The front is more vulnerable and tender, while the back is more protective and less sensitive.
Yin Yang balance in respiration
Yin Yang balance is needed even in respiration, which is the most essential activity to sustain life. When it comes to respiration, exhalation is Yang and inhalation is Yin. Therefore, if we exhale more than we inhale or conversely, inhale more than exhale, it will naturally disrupt the balance between the two energies.
Importance of Yin Yang balance
Between men and women, women are Yin and men are Yang. However, both men and women are composed of both Yin and Yang energies. Therefore, both men and women need to maintain a good balance between these two energies in order to achieve health and well-being.
It is not an easy task to maintain a good balance between Yin and Yang, since it requires a very careful examination of all aspects of our lives. Let us begin with our life style. During the course of our lives, we continue to repeat the process of activity and rest. Activity is Yang and rest is Yin.
Therefore, constant activities without rest could offset this balance by depleting Yin. In order to maintain a healthy balance between these two energies, we need to take a rest at appropriate moments. If we take too much rest and remain inactive for too long, however, our energy deteriorates and we are prone to lethargy. This could offset the balance by depleting Yang. When we look at activity and rest from the standpoint of Yin Yang balance, it is all the more apparent why we need to balance activity and rest.
In our bodies, the lower part is Yin and the upper part is Yang. Given the general characteristics of Yin and Yang, it is easy to understand why that is so. Yang is active, mobile and light, while Yin is inactive, rigid and heavy. (It is quite easy for us to move our arms, while it is very difficult to move our legs the way we move our arms.)
To maintain a healthy Yin Yang balance, we should exercise both arms and legs. If we continue to exclusively use only arms or legs, our internal Yin Yang balance could be disrupted. For example, excessive running or soccer could offset the balance between Yin and Yang.
Yin Yang balance in foods
Since our bodies are composed of both Yin and Yang, it would be wise to resort to a diet that balances Yin foods with Yang foods to achieve a healthy balance between Yin and Yang. Yin foods generally have cooling effects on our bodies, while Yang foods generally have warming effects on our bodies.
In our days, most people believe that fruits and vegetables are absolutely healthy for everybody. There are people who try to limit their diet mainly to fruits and vegetables, believing that it will help them lose weight and become healthier. However, for those who have excessive Yin, the majority of raw fruits and vegetables could undermine the Yin Yang balance of the body by creating more Yin energy. Excessive Yin energy in their bodies could make them prone to obesity and lethargy.
Therefore, for some people, it is quite possible that the excessive consumption of raw fruits and vegetables could bring about consequences that are actually opposite to what they would want. In particular, tropical fruits such as bananas or pineapples have strong cooling effects on our bodies and thus could further offset the Yin Yang balance for those who already have excessive Yin in their bodies.
It is important to maintain a healthy balance between Yin and Yang for our health. If Yin is excessive, it weakens Yang. If Yang is excessive, it depletes Yin. Yin is comparable to water and Yang to a fire. If there is too much water, it will extinguish the fire.
Conversely, if the fire is too strong, it will evaporate the water. If you have excessive Yin and are deficient in Yang, for example, it is akin to having an excessive amount of water and a weak fire. If this were the case, you would need to consume Yang foods that could fortify the internal “fire,” which is the energy of Yang.
Yin foods and Yang foods
Common Yin foods include bananas, barley, clam, cucumbers, duck, ice cream, watermelon, pineapples, pork, seaweeds, spinach, strawberries, and tomatoes.
Common Yang foods include beef, chestnuts, chili, chicken, curry, garlic, ginger, mutton, onions, peanuts, peppers, and walnuts.