Taoist Yoga

Taoist Yoga incorporates the ancient Chinese meridian principle into a Hatha Yoga practice viewing asanas or poses from a Yin/Yang perspective. Meridians are pathways or channels that continuously distribute chi or prana (vital, life force energy) as well as blood throughout the body. The strength of the meridian system is essential for maintaining balance on all levels of the human organism: mental, emotional and physical. So the primary goal of Taoist Yoga is to increase the flow of life force energy (chi) into and throughout the body.

Yin is seen as stable, receptive, unmoving, whereas Yang is viewed as assertive, moving and changing. Yang Yoga postures are rhythmic and involve repetitive movement and muscular contraction. Yin Yoga poses are static and typically held for several minutes, focusing on connective tissue (fascia, ligaments, tendons) and joints. Yang practices build strength and muscle elasticity; Yin practices encourage flexibility and a feeling of lightness and ease in the body. So Yin and Yang provide a fundamental balance to a Hatha Yoga practice and serve to enhance each other.