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A Little About Balance

This is the Yin-yang symbol , with black representing yin and white representing yang . It is a symbol that reflects the inescapably intertwined duality and balance of all things in nature . The concept of yin and yang describes two opposing and, at the same time, complementary (completing) aspects of any object or process. They are universal standards of quality at the basis of the systems of correspondence seen in most branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy.

More and more people living in the so-called 'Western World' are becoming interested in broadening their approach to health and quality of life.

The basic premise of the traditional Japanese approach to health is somewhat different from what we are used to in the western world. Often in our approach to disease, health, or even life in general, we see the situation in black and white, with one element the force to be defeated and the other the pure and the good.

Traditional Asian health practices look more at imbalances of natural and necessary elements. The Yin/Yang symbol illustrates the harmonious balance between apparent opposites. The two forces are shown in constant motion, eternally changing places. Within each is the seed of the other. Practitioners work to bring these elements back into balance for the smooth functioning of the entire person. Through movement we are attempting to treat the entire person, not only the primary cause or symptoms of a specific condition.

This approach to movement has been developed as the study of living bodies, so it is very much involved in imagining what is going on inside while being very pragmatic about observing external clues. These clues are put in the context of the natural world, which has led to almost poetical descriptions of movements and how they affect the body.

 

 

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