As a student and teacher of yoga, I understand the concept of harmony in dichotomy; Yin/Yang. The feminine needs the masculine for a landscape of equilibrium. We would not see the light if we didn’t know its dark counterpart.
In practice I have my preferences.
I’m completely smitten with the Moon; when she’s full I’m hypnotised by the sight of it. The Yin in me is so drawn to the soothing, softening qualities of the moon and all it offers energetically, that I sometimes wonder if I could set aside the sun.
But of course the Moon would be invisible to us if it weren’t for the light of the Sun.
You know that feeling in your body when you do vinyasa everyday and you feel strong for a week or so – but then you get heavy and fatigued? You either push on and labour through your practice, because the ego says it’s necessary – or you get intuitive and listen, slowing down staying longer and closer to the ground.
Every cycle in nature requires periods of restoration as well as periods of activity.
Whether we are talking about our practice or our relationships, the journey toward a state of balance & flow is in seeing our radiance as well as our barriers. The Yang will illuminate the Yin, the Yin mirrors the Yang saying, “This is you too, all of it – the whole breadth of your emotions, even your anger. Even your fear.”
We need our harmonious Yin and Yang complements to show us the areas in which we can be more compassionate, patient, authentic. Here’s to the perfect imperfection of being alive in the light.