Yin Yang philosophy, the foundation of Tai Chi Chuan, can be difficult for beginners to grasp so here’s a very simple exercise I teach to help people feel this concept called Yin Yang.
- Hold your arm out in front of you so it’s horizontal to the ground
- Stretch your arm out as far as you can. That tightness you feel in your arm is extreme Yang
- Now flop you hand down beside your body. That limp feeling is extreme Yin
- Now hold you arm up, stretched out, but bend your elbow slightly. You have now placed some Yin into your Yang arm, relaxed, and you will be able to hold your arm there for a long period of time as compared to the extreme Yang position.
Yin Yang is a profound philosophy which takes many years for the body to grasp. This simple exercise is a start and you’ll need to constantly research and practice your Tai Chi to get a deeper understanding of Yin Yang.