Updated: Jan 26
If you look around with awareness, you can see balance and harmony around you. Every day is followed by night, for every inhale there is an exhale, summer comes after winter. For all of these processes, the importance of maintaining balance is critical. This relates us back to the theory of Yin and Yang that has been known for thousands of years. According to it, Yin cannot exist without Yang and vice versa. Nothing in this world is either all Yin or all Yang. Instead, two opposite energies are complementary and interdependent, and only strong balanced relationship between the two can create a complete whole.
In relation to the human organism, imbalance may have negative effects on physical and emotional stance of a human being. It is likely to create some blocks in the organism, which then result in various disorders and diseases. In order to prevent that, it is important to maintain balance in our body. The great way to do it is through the right training.
A balanced Qigong training
In Medical Qigong , the balance is the key to every training, and what differentiates Qigong training offered by White Tiger Qigong is a constant state of change in the movements from tension to relaxation, hard to soft, fast to slow. It is important to alternate dynamic and still movements in order to have that balance inside and outside. Thus, Qigong training brings your body and spirit back into balance and maintains a free circulation of Qi energy throughout your organism.
Adjusting your training based on the season and time of the day
The balance within the body is also affected by the changes in nature, such as time of the day and seasons. Summer is ultimate Yang, while winter is ultimate Yin. Noon is ultimate Yang, while midnight is ultimate Yin. If your training is adjusted properly to the certain times, it will be easier to maintain the balance in your body. That is why it is good to have more dynamic Qigong training and do deeper stance work in winter (when it is cold) or at midnight and more static Qigong training like, Tao Yin and stretching in summer (when it is hot) or at noon.
Theory of 5 Element diet
In addition, it is important not only to have a balanced training, but also to have a balanced diet. According to the theory of 5 Elements of Chinese medicine, you should have 5 colours and 5 flavours of food in your daily ration. These 5 colours are green (e.g. peas), yellow/brown (e.g. walnuts), red/purple (e.g. dates), white/gray (e.g. rice) and black/blue (e.g. sesame seeds), while 5 flavours are sweet, sour, pungent, bitter and salty. If you eat your food in accordance with 5 Element system, your organism will receive enough nutritions for its healthy functioning.
Balanced Qigong training along with the balanced diet will allow you to be always full of energy and use this energy to create a life that you want.
To learn more about Qigong, join me for group or private Qigong classes and Workshops at Change Works Wellbeing Centre in Abu Dhabi.