Yin & Yang, and Ha & Tha: About the Polarities of Yin & Yang

Taoist Yogis teach that as life force energy expresses physically, it splits into two complementary polarities.

Yin and Yang theory describes oppositional but complementary relationships within and between everything. – Josh Summers

  • Because they describe polarities, “yin” and “yang” are thus relative and complementary terms.
  • As complementary energies, one cannot exist without the other. Rather, they describe qualities in relation to each other.
  • As Sarah Powers points out, the terms “yin” and “yang” reflect the same opposites described in the term, “Hatha Yoga” where ha, refers to warming, sun qualities and tha to the cooling or moon elements.

Yin Yoga Helps to Work Our Other Half

Most forms of yoga today are dynamic, active practices designed to work only half of our body, the muscular half, the “yang” tissues. Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper “yin” tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascial networks, and even our bones. – Bernie Clark