In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary and interconnected to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts. Everything has both yin and yang aspects; for instance shadow cannot exist without light.
This is the same in yoga and by practicing both yin and yang styles regularly you will be giving your body and mind a really fantastic, full workout. If you are a member of our studio you will probably already know about Yin Yoga – a cool, slow, introspective practice which stimulates the body’s meridians to loosen energetic blockages and increase energy flow. Think of what the Yang would be for this Yin; hot, fast and extrospective. Yes, Bikram Yoga! This is the more traditional hatha-based asana practice that develops muscular strength, stamina, and flexibility.
While you may be more of a fan of the hot than the cool, or the relaxing rather than the cardio, if you can make both styles a part of your routine, you will be completing the yoga taijitu (yin & yang symbol)!
Don’t forget about our new classes; Japanese Yoga is another Yin style and Hot Vinyasa is a Yang. See you in the studio soon 🙂 Namaste.