The Yin and Yang represent the two elements that Taoism uses to explain the harmonic forces of the universe, since the balance between them would give origin to it. It is in the very essence of the universe! These forces are presented as opposed but do not confuse it, because at the same time, they are complementary and they need each other in order to achieve harmony. 

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The Chinese philosopher Lao Tse created a philosophical system according to which, being aware of the cycles in life, is necessary for a harmonious life and a peaceful mind. The Tao is the principle that gave rise to everything, and the forces of Yin and Yang are in permanent transformation, because they are dynamic and flow within us and within the universe.

Let's see which of the two energies correspond to you at this time of your life:

What are the characteristics of Yin energy?

The YIN relates to the earth, cold climates, hidden things, passive and permeable. Water, and receptive things. Those born in Metal or Water years, tend to be predominantly Yin. In general they are open and sociable, they like going out, they bond well with others, they usually enjoy parties, they flow naturally in life with others. A person predominantly characterized with Yin usually worries about others, they are attracted to outings and meetings, vacations, and everything that implies being with someone. 

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Sometimes it is said that Yin is subjective. What happens is that they tend to be creative and intelligent, they like artistic things, and all intellectual activities. Sometimes they can be depressed and hypersensitive when they are not in harmony. They seem scattered and confused, they doubt a lot and it seems that they do not know what they want, especially because they sometimes do not finish what they attempt. Yin is quite active in society, and with the world. Geared towards others. They are interested in community activities, they like politics, they have good self-esteem, but sometimes they distrust others. They need to stand out and they are happy when they succeed. They like to be efficient and love comforts for themselves, and their family.

They enjoy good health in general, but sometimes they are clumsy. They are quite pragmatic, not very spiritual. Regarding the body, Yin is the lower part, the whole digestive and excretory system and the reproductive system and sexual organs. This area needs the warmth that comes from the earth. In general Yin people are thin, sensitive, long bones, wet and cold hands, can have dental problems and fragile ankles that swell at times. They move quickly, they prefer to be alone, sometimes they bottle up their feelings, they scatter off a lot, they are timid and unpredictable.

Since a great source of energy is food, whenever we choose what we eat, we also enhance our yin or yang. The foods that come from the earth, provide us with yin energy, if we eat them in excess, an imbalance is created, activating too much of what is related to the upper body and the head, because they overload the yin part of yang energy, it can give headaches, migraines, or breathing problems.


What are the characteristics of Yang?

The YANG generally represents the things that have to do with power and strength, aggressiveness, impulse. Fire and passion. Those born in the years of wood or fire can be Yang. They are people who are often solitary, introverted, spiritual, and somewhat reserved. They can be loners, and a bit individualistic. They love nature. They look for personal development, they are objective and a little withdrawn. Their balance comes from the inside. Yang represents light, heat, strength.

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The upper part of the body is yang, it brings light and energy from the sun. It causes and promotes everything related to air, thought, breathing, so on and so forth. The upper part of the torso and the head are yang. It is common for energy to be blocked because it has a firm and closed core, so it must release heat, and expand, it is favored by foods such as coffee, sugar, chocolate, dairy products, and ice cream. Excess yang food sometimes produces abdominal fat, swelling, and problems in excretory organs.

Slow, kind, open, they know how to communicate and do not fear feelings, they are relatively stable in their emotions. If they are in an energetic imbalance they may have emotional explosions, be rigid and inflexible, scream, get irritable. They are quite the perfectionists.

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 The Path

The levels of yin and yang in a person change constantly and we must be alert to how they flow so that there is no overload of one or the other. These two figures are represented by a Chinese symbol that you have surely seen, and it is called TAI JI, and both form the TAO which is the harmonic universe and whose meaning is "the way".

Have you identified your energy already? Do you know which one is dominant?