Yin and Yang Symbol
We cannot deviate from Yin/Yang because they are the building blocks of all in the universe. Everything we are and everything we do is the action of the Yin/Yang.
Most of us have an idea about what Yin/Yang-opposites are: male/female, hot/cold, up/down, in/out. The oppositions are infinite and cyclical.
In China, the Yin/Yang is referred to as T'ai Chi (the Grand Ultimate), and was born out of Wu Ji ( Emptiness, Void, The Implicate Order - where there is no polarity or limit ). Yin / Yang gives birth to the five Elements, which manifests all there is in physical reality.
Chinese Internal Martial Arts tries to embody the theory through the work of past Masters in Shen Gong (Spirit work ), Qi Gong (Energy work) and Jing Gong (Essence work)- the Three Treasures. In fact, the first movement in Tai Chi Chuan out complete neutrality is Yang energy. The first spark. The Big Bang? .....rising, expanding to maximum, strong, full, and then...... yielding, compressing, ebbing, softening. Expanding and Contracting. So, from nothing .....becoming something, and back again.
Taoist Cosmology, Medicine, Numerology, and Sociology are based on these realizable principles.
"The Way gave birth to unity,
Unity gave birth to duality,
Duality gave birth to trinity,
Trinity gave birth to the myriad creatures.
The myriad creatures bear yin on their backs and embrace yang in their bosoms."
Tao De Ching
In the traditional Chinese Healing and Martial Arts, practitioners recognize the Yin/Yang energies and work with them and the Five Elements to create harmony, and be an honest conduit. Massage/Bodywork and self-healing techniques help develop a sacred space (seen as the Yin energetic space) whereby the Tao can enter and balance the Yin/Yang energies within oneself.
A good place to start is the breath. The simple in and out action of of the breath is our ever-present connection to Yin/Yang - vital to all metabolic processes of the body. It is like a flywheel gear that initiates the smaller and smaller cogs to turn. Where are the major of cogs running in your body and where have they ground to a halt?
Wu Ji Posture
As a Therapist, one has to coordinate their breath with the patient in order to blend and balance Yin/Yang energies. Also, to never force a technique or application out of sync with Yin / Yang. In regards to applying pressure to acupuncturist points.
Kikkawa Sensei said : " If you knock on the door and no one answers, and there are no lights on, do you beat on the door?"
Knowing the limits of Yin/Yang determines the difference between harm and healing.
In the Martial Arts, Qi Gong you don't use the same breathing you generate power with if you want to relax. One must be in control of ones energies of Yin / Yang, ceaselessly and seamlessly; to achieve physical and mental health, for self defense, and to be in accord with The Tao by letting The Tao inform his/her Being.
On all levels does Yin / Yang operate, but in these trans-formative arts we learn the skills of controlling these forces so we can eventually embody them and act spontaneously and purposefully,