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Yoga and the Seasons
There is no doubt that energy moves through us differently according to the time of day, the climatic conditions, the attitudes we harbor and the cycles of the moon, just to name a few. With the natural flow of seasons, so too it makes sense that our yoga practice is to reflect these changes.
Throughout Chinese medicine and Taoist thought, the aim is to find and establish harmony by aligning with the natural flow of life. To live the path of least resistance means that one is aligned with nature and with the divine expression of life itself. These ideas are not limited to Chinese thought and can be found throughout ayurvedic medicine (said to be the oldest medicine on the planet), yogic science and many other traditions and cultures who place great importance on learning from the changes in nature.
No amount of individualized effort, willpower or force can be sustained and supported when working against the natural flow of nature and the universe. Only when one comes to flow with the natural forces of life and the universe, can one begin to uncover the deep peace, joy and stillness that reside within.
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In the western world, we are familiar with the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. However, in the Taoist understanding of time and change they devised five seasons. They are spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter. The extra season is called late summer and refers to the end of the summer season when it becomes more humid. In section 2 of this book we will explore each of the 5 elements in much greater detail.
Within Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist cosmology, the 5element theory was most likely conceived around 476 – 221 BC. This was really one of the first developments of science, as they came to realize that natural phenomena was actually produced and created through the interacting relationships of natural elements and were not, therefore, the acts of Gods or unseen beings that reigned havoc on the earth when they were not pleased or showered gifts from above when they were happy.
This was a revolutionary breakthrough in the way they viewed life and the process of disease. Over time mainly through their observations they focused on five primary elements and their interrelationships within all physical phenomena. They also drew connections between these elements and the mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the human being. This theory did not die out through time. Instead, it became even more solidified into the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism to this day; therefore, making it one of the oldest and most field-tested theories and medicines on the planet.