How to build your Yin and why it is important
The holistic philosophy of Traditional Five Element Acupuncture teaches that we each need a balance of Yin and Yang for overall health and wellbeing, imbalance of these causes problems within the Nervous System.
Pressure on Nervous system
The Nervous System can move into hyperdrive when the Yin becomes depleted by overwork, stress, media, modern day pressures, addictive substances, not enough sleep and the stress of COVID-19. Which burns Yin up and leads to the body ignoring secondary priorities like digestion, hormonal regulation, sexual function, and memory. The parasympathetic nervous system of Rest and Digest is often neglected when life is so busy.
When Yin is depleted, the body is lacking cooling and moistening, so eventually heat signs manifest. This can show up as hot flashes, a feeling of heat, flushed cheeks, feeling wired and tired, dryness, insomnia, constipation, no tongue coating, and more.
Yin is closely related to growth, and the power of reproduction, making it incredibly important for overall vitality. Plus, the natural process of aging also uses up Yin, so we need to preserve Yin for a healthy old age.
Too much Yang
Many people are out of balance because much of our culture tends to be very Yang. The context we live within is often driven by speed, action, and results which are very Yang qualities. The sympathetic nervous system can be over activated through too much Yang or overactivity, we do not need to constantly live in Flight or Fight mode – Yang energy is good but must be in balance with the Yin.
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang are considered phases of a cyclical movement (eg dark and light, activity and rest), and varying states of matter (eg expansion and contraction or rising and descending).
Yang is more active, fiery, upward, and outward moving. In the body, yang “stokes” the metabolic process. For instance, digestion and the beating of the heart rely on Yang.
Yin qualities are cool, slow, passive, downward, and inward moving. As a substance in the body, fluids like blood, lymph, and deeper tissues like bone and sleep are Yin.
We need both Yang and Yin to function just as we need Activity – Yang and Rest – Yin to live in balance.
Healing the Yin
The good news is that Yin can be tended, and taken care of, so that it’s there when you need it. In this way, your Yin reserves can support you in the long-term like a wellspring.
Slow Down to Build Yin
Our bodies move at the peace, so to heal and build the Yin we often need to slow down. Building Yin requires us to develop an often forgotten part of our nature – the part which favours a more sensitive, intuitive, and accepting attitude. Practices that foster a contemplative state of mind, stillness and rest can reset the nervous system and lead to nourished and resilient Yin.
Yoga and Meditation such as Yin Yoga – slow mindful yoga
Jennifer Raye Yoga https://jenniferrayecourses.com/p/fall-equinox-yin-yoga-and-meditation
Tracey Deller https://www.facebook.com/tinyyoginitracey,
Meditation – eg Yoga Nidra Tracee Stanley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1TcVpMA-cI
Breath work for example Coherent Breathing meditation breathing 6 counts in and out lovely help with chimes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eP7SF_OzDI&t=1433s
Traditional Five Element Acupuncture link can all help balance your Yin, Yang and Five Elements of your Body, Mind and Spirit – https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/acupuncture-five-elements/
Meditation can help build Yin because it encourages the body and mind to slow down, and illuminates where you get caught in erosive thinking and behaviour. Plus, the practice of staying present without reacting, causes the brain to strengthen neurons and neuronal pathways that further enforce a slower more steady state of mind.
Sleep is a vital way to rebuild your Yin, you need to try and get 7-9 hours sleep a night, if you do not do this many systems of your body begin to fail. Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies, affecting growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Research shows that lack of sleep increases the risk for obesity, heart disease and infections. Meditation in the daytime can help with deeper calmer sleep and Yoga Nidra, calming music or listening to stories can help you get to sleep, as well as Traditional Five Element Acupuncture.
Calm after exercise
After exercising it is advisable to slow down so at the end of a workout, run, cycle, swim or Yang style yoga stretch slowly, meditate, breath calmly, sit quietly, or have a relaxing bath. These are good for your muscles as well as your mind and nervous system. Slowing down your system after activity Yin and Yang.
Traditional Five Element Acupuncture can help balance your Health and Wellbeing. Encouraging your whole system in Body, Mind and Sprit balancing your Yin, Yang and the Five Elements to function in harmony. Contact Hannah for treatment on:- https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/