Life balance has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been noticing that almost everything in life comes down to balance, which is perfectly symbolized in the yin-yang symbol. There has to be a little bit of darkness in the light, and a little bit of light in the darkness for everything to run smoothly. A balanced life needs this too.
Every person is either yang dominant or yin dominant and it’s important to know what you are so you can accordingly find life balance. The yang person needs a little bit of yin, and the yin person needs a little bit of yang, even if these traits don’t come naturally to you.
What is a yang person?
This person is active, enthusiastic, charismatic and excitable. For a more balanced life, a yang person needs to include more yin qualities.
What is a yin person?
This person is quiet, grounded, introverted and enjoys time alone. For a more balanced life, a yin person needs to include more yang qualities.
How do you create a balanced life with yin and yang characteristics?
First of all, it’s important to be self-aware and notice when your behaviours become subconscious reactions to what’s happening around you rather than thoughtful actions.
When a yang person is out of balance they may tend towards anger or outbursts. It is important to notice when this is happening and take active steps towards a yin life balance. This could look like eating more cooling foods, resting during the hottest part of the day and having a strong yin yoga practice.
A yang person can use their yoga practice for life balance by holding poses for longer periods of time, practicing Alternate Nostril Breathing and resting in stillness and silence.
When a yin person is out of balance they may tend towards lethargy and sadness. When you’re self-aware and notice these feelings more often, this is when you take steps toward a yang life balance. This could look like adding more activity into your life, especially through a vinyasa or ashtanga yoga practice, spending more time around people or practicing a heating pranayama like Lion’s Breath.
Are you a yin or yang person and how do you create life balance?
Contributed by guest author: Ally Potrebka