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What is yang sheng?

The brains behind the Hayo’u brand explain why prevention, rather than cure, is key to good health 

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What does yang sheng mean?

AThe Hayo’u Method is based on a little known but central aspect of Chinese medicine called yang sheng, meaning ‘nurture life’. It means dealing with small health problems at root level to limit the chance of illness getting a foothold in the body – essentially, prevention, rather than cure. Yang sheng in practice is the fostering of health and wellbeing by nurturing body, mind and spirit in harmony with the natural rhythms and with universal laws. Continuously developed over thousands of years, yang sheng is not just about physical health, but a holistic approach involving body, soul and spirit. Yang sheng does not look at each of these separately, but considers their interaction and their function for the building of behaviour patterns. It’s been described as the ‘seamless integration of mind and body, physical and mental balance, detachment from excessive emotions, health and fitness into old age and wisdom’. Look at it like the legs of a chair. You need all 4 pillars for the chair to work properly – mind and emotions, diet, exercise and sleep. It’s no good exercising like a crazy person if your emotions are all over the place, for example.

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What makes yang sheng different from other wellbeing practices?

AYang sheng is a self-care approach rooted in thousands of years of wisdom. Texts on how to preserve and extend life, health and wellbeing have been part of the Chinese tradition since the 4th century BC. They’ve had over 25 centuries to be refined and are time tested.Yang sheng takes into account core theories like yin and yang, adhering to the laws of nature and harmonious free flow of Qi around the body. As the active pursuit of the best possible functioning and balance of the whole self – body, mind and spirit – yang sheng takes into consideration your relationships to people and the environment. Yang sheng is about developing a conscious approach towards oneself, a mechanism of self-support.

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Why is yang sheng beneficial to our health?

AIn the West, we systematically neglect wellness and disease prevention, and take our good health for granted. We assume that we cannot avoid disease and then, when we are ill, we treat the symptoms of disease, rather than finding the root cause. Yang sheng is about discovering energy imbalances long before they turn into overt disease. It works on the approach of eliminating small health niggles and balancing the body to stay healthy.

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How can we incorporate yang sheng into our everyday lives?

AThe Hayo’u Method addresses the root cause of most modern-day illness: inflammation. Currently, the only anti-inflammatory solutions offered are diet-based. The Hayo’u Method deploys one-minute rituals that work to reduce stress and inflammation on a daily basis. These simple techniques relax the body, enable free-flow of circulation and assist detoxification by supporting the lymphatic system. According to Chinese medicine, Qi is the energy that flows through the body. It aids the movement of blood, lymph, nutrients and toxins, and boosts energy production and cognitive awareness. Imbalance or blockages weakens our Qi, which eventually manifests as disease, so, it’s imperative to look after our Qi on a daily basis to keep it strong and smooth flowing. Hayo’u is a groundbreaking self-treatment method inspired by Chinese medicine, designed to strengthen and enable the free flow of Qi.


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