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Yin and Yang: The Key to a Balanced Home

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Yin and Yang: The Key to a Balanced Home

Have you ever been in a room that didn’t feel good to be in but you couldn’t figure out what was wrong? Chances are the Yin/Yang components were out of balance.

Yin and Yang is at the foundation of the Ancient Practice of Feng Shui. It has to do with the recognition that the universe is made up of opposite forces of energy, which cannot exist without each other. They are finely balanced and, like polar sides of a magnet, are innately attracted to each other.

The Yin/Yang symbol (picture at top) depicts two fish gliding together in perfect balance. Each carrying components of the other; the black fish with the white eye and the white fish with the black eye. The two swim together in perfect harmony creating a circle, the most ancient symbol depicting wholeness.

Feng Shui acknowledges that we are ancient creatures who naturally seek balance. If our living spaces are not balanced, our lives feel out of balance as well. By learning to work with the Yin and Yang components in our homes, we create supportive spaces that bring our lives back into harmony as well.

The concept of Yin refers to the feminine principle, which is passive, dark and yielding. Yang refers to the male principle, which is bright, active and extroverted.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at


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9:27PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

You don't have to redecorate a room, or the whole house. Maybe a chair cover, a different picture, colorful candles...some small thing(s) can bring your room into balance, and cheaper on the budget. Me, if a pile sees out of balance, I'll rearrange it to get the Yin and Yang back where they belong...Thank you Erica.

9:23PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

My fabric is in two rooms, the living room and the small bedroom - or what is supposedly the sewing room, tho not enough room for My sewing. Yes, I do have books there also...quilting, crocheting, cross-stitiching books and magazines. I still have three boxes I can't unpack with my old craft magazines...tho one could be given away if I get the time to go through and pull ones I want, or copy the articles. Then there are the few bins of fabric that haven't gravitated to my living room...yet. The room has no Yin or Yang but certain piles do.

My fabric. Depending on the project the fabrics will be used for is where Yin and Yang come in. I love working with bright colors, those could be Yang...unless I'm using a bright solid with a vibrant print. Then the solid could actually be the Yin...and the print is Yang. Makes sense.

My second granddaughter wanted a quilt. I asked for three colors: Lime green, Hot pink, and Royal Purple. Thought the pink and green would take over so asked for another color: Royal Blue...Hot pink and lime green definitely Yang. The blue and purple definitely Yin...unless you see a royal purple print with both the green & pink in it...Yang. I am just now finishing the back and looking at both sides it's a Yang quilt. I'll tell you about putting it together another

Yin and Yang can be applied to so many things in our everyday life and we may not be aware until we take the time to look closely at our surroundings. T

8:59PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

OK - I started on another of your articles and ended up here after 3, maybe 4 others...this seems the oldest, or more of a beginning for me. Thank you for your always interesting articles. Yin and Yang, as it relates to my chaos...I did clear one small pile out this week.

In looking around, I found that my chaos has a decidedly Yin and Yang to it. Even my walls have a Yin and a Yang, altho I think most are Yang. Big Cats are dark, but not much yielding or passivity there. Though active is not descriptive since most cats, large or small, spend hours resting/sleeping.

My bedroom has Big Cats on the walls, but my stuffed cats crowd my long dresser. Mixed together are both large and small cats, all different colors and patterns. That would be the best example of my Yin and Yang sharing the same space. My bed is the calm in my apt.

My clutter is limited to the living and dining rooms where I spend the majority of my time. My piles of projects, books, fabrics, yarn, all have their own Yin and Yang. At any given time certain piles will call out, saying I have to deal with this soon, or Now. Some books tell me to read this one or that one next. My books are Yang...alpha heroes, strong heroines, action, adventure, mystery...teeth and/or fur - vampires and shapeshifters. Not much Yin.

To be continued...

7:01AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

thank you

4:58AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

interesting article. i've read a bit on feng shui but found it overwhelming, so now i go with my 'gut' feeling and what i think feels right. i don't care if someone else doesn't like it. i do and that's all that matters. if it's for the house, my partner usually likes it too, or we compromise. maybe i'll read up on it some more and take small steps, but i think the energy levels in most of my house are correct, the ones that aren't are areas that are cluttered anyways or are on the 'to-do list' as they need gutting and rebuilding from scratch. it's so much easier to do this on your own home or something you own, than if you rent

1:36PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

I love the concept of feng shui. It gives a great blueprint and guideline to how to design your home to get the maximum benefit from it. Just because you are not aware of how your body reacts to energy does not mean that it does not exist.

3:28PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

The term 'balance' is totally subjective. This is not nit-picking, it's something I've thought about a lot.

I'm inclined to see it this way. People use the term balanced to describe whatever it is that they like and feel comfortable with.

What makes me feel great in terms of colour, shape and juxtaposition, might give another person migraines. What someone else thinks is perfect (perfectly balanced) might actually be downright depressing to me. Again, it's subjective.

Whenever someone says they're looking for balance, I think: "No, you're just looking for what pleases you, personally. And since we're all different.....

Seriously, the term balance, used in this sense, is to me, completely meaningless.

8:14PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

I absolutely love the concept of Yin & Yang.

3:58AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

thank you for an interesting article

8:21PM PST on Dec 6, 2010


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