Let me introduce to you the concept of Yin and Yang. A dual theoretical concept absolutely based on philosophy. This takes us back to the Ancient Chinese period. Before you think too much over it, let me tell you the meaning of Yin and Yang. Yin simply means something negative, dark and feminine, while Yang is defined as positive, bright and masculine. These two aspects control our physical and mental health. According to the old Chinese philosophy, this concept plays a very important role in the growth of our mind and body.
Yin + Yang= “Qi”
Ancient Chinese people used to believe in the theory of “Qi”. This is the life driving energy force that blows life into all the physical things out there. This force combines the concept of Yin and Yang. They used to believe the energy alternates between Yin and Yang. These two energies mix up to make life possible. To maintain a smooth flow in your life, you have to get the right balance between these two energy forces. In order to have a healthy lifestyle, you need to maintain the balance between the concept of Yin and Yang. The negative flow of “Qi” will eventually have a negative effect on your body and mind.
How Does Yin And Yang Control Our Body And Mind?
Strictly speaking from the Western Medicine terms, the balance of Yin and Yang is directly proportional to the balance of the autonomic nervous system. This is an integral part of the nervous system. Various organs function through this particular system. A.N.S consists of a sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system includes the concept of Yang whereas the parasympathetic nervous system brings out the idea of Yin. In order to reach A.N.S equilibrium, you have to create a balance between these two nervous systems. If A.N.S is in an equilibrium state, then our body stays in a healthy and calm condition.
The sympathetic nervous system, which contributes towards the Yang energy, is activated when we come across some stressful situations. Thus our body responds against it in either flight or fight mode. While, as mentioned above, the parasympathetic nervous system contributes towards the Yin energy. This nervous part regulates the “rest and digest” or “feed and breed” functions of our body. Sometimes we focus too much on the Yang energy, as a result, we develop a hyper-sympathetic state in our body. Sympathetic conditions start dominating our body and mind. Thus we get more emotional during these stages. The parasympathetic nervous system boosts energetic functions in our body.
If you spend too much time in a sympathetic state, then your body will eventually start lacking the Yin energy. Sleep difficulties, muscle tightness, feelings of innate frustration, constant anxiety attacks are some of the direct effects of “Yin deficiency”. Thus, too much stress is not at all good for your body or mind. In order to stay mentally and physically fit and healthy, you have to maintain a balance between Yin and Yang energy levels.