The concept of yin and yang is a POWERFUL framework that can transform your life to enhance your wellness and performance.
So in this post I’ll be talking briefly about one small (but powerful) example of applying these principles to Training and Performance.
But first you have to understand:
Yin and yang are COMPLEMENTARY, not oppositional. As a result, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
“Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (for instance shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation.” (Wikipedia)
Or in other words: The higher the mountain, the deeper the valley.
So how the hell does this apply to wellness and performance?
Simple: If you want to go higher in your performance, you MUST go deeper in your recovery.
If you tend to be very yang/stressed/amped all the time or if you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your performance, it’s time to deepen your recovery.
The most elite performers have the highest highs and the lowest lows.
Marcelo Garcia (said to be the best grappler who has ever lived) once was NAPPING right before his match in the Submission Wresting World Championships. He had a DEEP low/yin right before his highest high where he proceeded to kick his opponents ass.
Food for thought: How can you get LOWER lows (deeper sleep, less stress, meditation, more relaxation)? You’ll find these will likely lead to higher highs.
If you want better PERFORMANCE (yang), you must have better RECOVERY (yin).
How will you go DEEPER into recovery so that you can go higher in your performance? Leave a comment with at least ONE strategy.
Don’t know what strategy to use? Check out this article (Magnesium: The Hidden Yin of Wellness and Performance) or this one (The Importance of a Good Night Sleep).