Yin and yang
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
Yin and Yang need to be balanced. Balanced people respond better to stress.
Yin is cool, internal, soft, and flexible like stored energy.
Yang is external, hard and brittle, and is like moving energy.
One of my teachers explained it to me in this way: think of a candle as stored yin energy, the flame then becomes the moving or yang energy. If you had no candle you could not have a flame and if you had no flame you could not light the candle. They become interdependent on each other.
Yin people are quiet, pale looking not physically strong and overwhelmed by too much activity. They tend to get more chronic illnesses and the illness creeps up and lingers for a long time.
Yang people are loud, physically strong and likes a lot of activities. They don’t get sick very easily but when they do they get hit hard and recover very quickly. The illness comes on quick and goes away just as fast.
Which one are you?