Yin is the “stuff” that fuels Yang.
No matter how pretty your car is, it won’t run if the gas tank is empty.
Yang energy is busy, active, bright, flashy, external, extroverted, etc. The basis of Yang Qi is Yin. A gift of understanding this is knowing that by restoring our Yin we keep our Yang energy fortified. Practically applied, this means getting enough rest, allowing ourselves a nap, or taking a few minutes for ourselves in the morning.
Nourishing Yin means rest, relaxation, and inward attention.
This is in contrast to amping up the Yang with more coffee, Red Bull, another social engagement, turning up the music, or yelling at ourselves to keep moving. These stimulants work at the moment, but eventually, we crash and find ourselves exhausted, coming down with a cold, flu or worse.
Nourish Yin by getting consistent sleep, eating foods that you know are good for you, having a few minutes of inward quiet time, and using kindness when speaking to yourself. These practices provide a consistent basis for your Yang activities.
We can nourish Yin simply throughout the day by paying attention to our breath at stop lights, pausing before we eat, and offering ourselves a compassionate inner dialog. These little things add up over time and will support the harmony of Yin and Yang, which is the basis for our happiness and health.