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A few asanas (postures) of Yoga to balance Yin and Yang

Yin, Yang, and Yoga

By Cindy Black / November 3, 2016 /

Use Yoga to balance Yin and Yang. Yin is inward, slow, low, and gentle. Yang is upward, quick, high, and active. There are many ways to practice the asanas (postures) of Yoga. Hot Yoga is vigorous and active – it is more “Yang-like” in contrast to the slower pace of restorative Yoga. You can assess any…

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How to Relieve Adrenal Fatigue using Meridian Massage

By Cindy Black / September 1, 2016 /

The Yin and Yang of Adrenal fatigue Meridian Massage looks at conditions through the lens of Chinese medicine. First, we always understand a condition from the Chinese medicine framework. Next, we support the return to balance and health, using hands-on contact to the meridians and acupoints combined with lifestyle adjustments for the client. Adrenal fatigue…

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Yin and Yang are two sides of the same coin

Yin and Yang of Self-awareness

By Cindy Black / May 19, 2016 /

Yin and Yang are two sides of the same coin Together, Yin and Yang create a “whole.” For example, a complete calendar “day” is actually 24 hours, which is made of daytime and nighttime. Our “day” would not be complete without the night and vice versa. The combination of day and night creates one whole calendar…

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The Yin and Yang of Sleep

By Cindy Black / April 16, 2015 /

Awake and asleep are a Yang & Yin pair. Just like night and day, up and down, still and moving, wakefulness and sleeping are relative to one another, dependent on one another, and tied to each other.  The duality of night and day reflects the duality of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are two…

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Yang emerging

By Cindy Black / December 18, 2014 /

It’s almost the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Winter Solstice marks many things. One is that this will be the shortest day and longest night of our year. We are coming to a tipping point, where out of the watery, dark depths of Yin, Yang begins to emerge.   At the extreme, Yin becomes…

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Body and Spirit

By Cindy Black / April 25, 2013 /

Just like a cup of coffee, the form sustains the formless.

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yin -yang-cooling, warming cycle

How Yin and Yang Shift Throughout a Day

By Cindy Black / April 11, 2013 /

Yang is the warming cycle, Yin is the cooling cycle. The movement of light and dark throughout a twenty-four hour period is the motion of Yin and Yang expanding and contracting, flowing, one into the other in an endless dance.   Observing the small nuances of these changes is a simple and profound learning experience.…

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Acupressure Points for Balancing Fire and Water

By Cindy Black / February 21, 2013 /

Chinese Medicine offers western holistic medical practitioners a wonderful way to explore health and vitality. At its simplest level, Chinese Medicine is focused on balancing Yin and Yang. Acupressure is a technique often used within Meridian Massage. Yin and Yang are the two fundamental aspects of all creation: thoughts, material objects, emotions, plants, humans, business…

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Yin and Yang: The Cooling Cycle

By Cindy Black / December 10, 2012 /

Yin and Yang are always relating to each other During extremes it can be challenging to stay aware that this moment is part of a larger cycle of balance.  Yin and Yang arise as cold (Yin) and hot(Yang).  As the cold, dry winds of winter push into us, it is hard to remember the humid heat…

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Fall and Spring

By Cindy Black / October 25, 2012 /

A Yin & Yang Balancing Act The Wood element of Spring gets plenty of attention here in the west! In general, western culture worships the Wood element to such an extreme that many of us live with a Wood imbalance. We’ve been living with it so long that it can seem “normal.” When the Wood…

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