Feminine and masculine energies – what are they and how to balance them?

Everything has its polarity, an element that is opposite to it, contrasting and balancing. On the other side of the day there is night, darkness is balanced with light, good is balanced with evil.
Balance is inherent in the world and every element of nature. Despite the fact that its elements are opposites, their existence is interdependent – there cannot be light without darkness. Moreover – if we decided to strengthen one of the sides, for example the darkness, automatically the other side would also gain in strength and the light would become brighter for us. In this way, nature shows us that it is constantly focused on balancing energy and this is something that also expresses itself in us – people.

Feminine & masculine energy work as a path to finding balance

On March 8, international Women’s Day is celebrated. Meanwhile, more and more studies show that each of us has a very similar number of feminine and masculine features. And while the growing awareness of society forces us to refrain from labeling certain elements as “masculine” and “feminine”, it should be remembered that these extremes can be completely detached from the social construct of gender, and each of us possesses countless combinations of these characteristics.

Daphna Joel – professor of neurobiology, shows that we are a mosaic of male and female characteristics. She analyzed 1,400 brain scans of men and women and found no consistent gender differences. He estimates that only 0 to 8 percent of respondents have typically male or female brains, and the vast majority are more or less in the middle. More extensive research has shown that internal consistency and tight focus are extremely rare – human brains do not fall into a specific gender-specific category. This proves that gender is non-binary – we are all a mixture of characteristics of both sides.

Shiva and Shakti 

The tantric teachings, wrongly associated only with sexuality, also have many elements related to spirituality and philosophy. Their sense is focused on the integration of poles such as mind-body or inside-outside. So it will come as no surprise to tell you that these elements also include Shiva and Shakti – archetypes of male divinity and female divinity. According to tantric philosophy, the entire universe is made up of both of these energies, and they interweave all existing things. Shakti symbolizes women’s rights – activating strength and energy. It means power, movement, change, nature. Shakti personifies the primal energy thanks to which everything was created.

Shiva is on the other side of the spectrum and symbolizes the masculine energy. It is pure awareness – an unchanging, unlimited and objective observer.

Only when Shiva and Shakti come together can action, movement and creation arise. Energy alone, without the participation of consciousness, cannot produce anything, it is disordered. Only awareness gives it its content, form and direction in which it should follow. Conversely, consciousness itself, without energy, is dormant and unable to act on its own in any way. Both energies cannot create anything without the participation of the latter. Both also exist in different numbers in each of us, together with a force that constantly strives to unite and balance them. Learning to fully engage both of these energies is what makes a person feel good mentally, emotionally and physically.

Yin Yang

How opposing forces can be interconnected and interdependent was addressed in ancient China. This is where the origins of the Yin Yang symbol, which was born from the deliberations of Chinese philosophers – they asked questions about interdependent opposites, for example why there is no light without darkness, life without death or cold without heat. They concluded that Yin and Yang are the constantly flowing and intertwining energies that make the universe exist. Due to this interdependence and the constant interaction with each other, the line that divides the symbol in half is curved with a gentle curve. Yin strength affects Yang strength and vice versa.

We must emphasize that we are talking about universal energies – we do not refer to gender, although they are associated with it. We are all born with both Yin and Yang energies, and we all also have the potential to lean towards one side or the other.

Yin (the black side of the symbol) is the female aspect of nature. This energy is related to stillness, night, intuition, creativity, feelings and senses.

Yang (the white side of the symbol) is the male aspect of nature. Energy related to day, activity, vision and power. She is assertive, dominant, and goal-oriented and realization-oriented.

Yin and Yang is the exchange and interaction of two opposing elements. One cannot define one pole as better or more important – both depend on each other and each of them contains an element of the other (which can also be seen in the symbol). Sometimes, however, there is an imbalance in the proportions between these forces and we can then feel lost and confused. What can I do to balance Yin and Yang?

How to balance energy?

Forgetting that each of us has both female and male energy, sometimes we wrongly try to fit into the culturally imposed requirements or schemas. Both women and men can learn to listen to their inner voice and to understand the female and male aspects of their energy.

The first and at the same time the most difficult step to balance is gaining knowledge and striving to understand the division into male and female energy. Only thanks to this will we be able to notice them and react appropriately when we decide that one of them is in the upper hand.

The next step is to observe yourself and find these energies within you. Try to identify which power predominates in a given area of life. It is very possible that, for example, in your personal life you have this balance, but at work you feel unfulfilled and lost, which would mean energetic incoherence.

Once you discover an excess of a given energy in a specific area of your life, try to refer to your second part to create a balance. Let both the female and male forces work together. Do not focus on one of them – the poles should work together and on a similar level.

We can define this state of affairs by achieving equilibrium. Internal harmony allows you to create your dream reality and achieve your goals more easily. It is also the only state in which we can observe our true self and act completely in harmony with ourselves.

Nadi Shodhana: alternate nostril breathing

Nadi means the energy channel, and Shodhana means cleansing, but also strengthening and improving. This is a Hatha Yoga practice that purifies the nadi by alternating breathing. It balances the energy flow through the Ida (left, female, moon) and Pingala (right, male and solar) and stimulates the brain by alternating breathing through the nostrils. How to go about it?

We start from the left side, the female side – it will help us to emphasize our Yin more. If you want to stimulate your male energy, you can start from the right side.

We place both hands in different mudras – symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Place the left hand in the Chin mudra (connect the index finger with the thumb, leaving the remaining fingers straight) and place it on the left knee. This mudra creates a kind of circuit through which the vital energy of the body, or prana, flows. Place the right hand in the Vishnu mudra (bend the index and middle fingers towards the palm of the hand, loosely leaving the thumb, ring finger and little finger). This mudra will allow us to direct our nostrils and control our breathing one side at a time. Keeping the hand close to the nose, a very gentle movement is enough to close each side.

Holding our right hand in the Vishnu mudra, we put our thumb to our right nostril and inhale. We close both holes for a moment with our thumb and ring finger, and then we exhale with the right side. Then we take a breath with the same side, close both of them, and we exhale with the left side. This is the full Nadi Shodhana cycle that you can repeat any number of times. The most important thing is to maintain the natural rhythm of your breathing and not to prolong or deepen it by force. This practice will help you balance your energy and restore harmony between your right and left sides. Below you will find simple instructions for performing this breathing technique:

Find a comfortable sitting position.
Extend your spine, close your eyes, and direct your attention inward.
Place your right hand on your knee with the palm facing up.
With your left hand, bring your index and middle fingers towards the palm of your hand.
Close the left nostril with your thumb and inhale through the right nostril.
Close both nostrils and hold your breath for a count of four.
Release your left nostril and exhale for a count of four.
Breathe in through your left nostril, counting to four.
Close both nostrils, counting to four.
Slow down your right nostril and exhale to a count of four.
Repeat this cycle of breathing for two minutes or mor

Find a comfortable sitting position.
Extend your spine, close your eyes, and direct your attention inward.
Place your right hand on your knee with the palm facing up.
With your left hand, bring your index and middle fingers towards the palm of your hand.
Close the left nostril with your thumb and inhale through the right nostril.
Close both nostrils and hold your breath for a count of four.
Release your left nostril and exhale for a count of four.
Breathe in through your left nostril, counting to four.
Close both nostrils, counting to four.
Slow down your right nostril and exhale to a count of four.
Repeat this cycle of breathing for two minutes or more.

  1. Find a comfortable sitting position.
  2. Extend your spine, close your eyes, and direct your attention inward.
  3. Place your right hand on your knee with the palm facing up.
  4. With your left hand, bring your index and middle fingers towards the palm of your hand.
  5. Close the left nostril with your thumb and inhale through the right nostril.
  6. Close both nostrils and hold your breath for a count of four.
  7. Release your left nostril and exhale for a count of four.
  8. Breathe in through your left nostril, counting to four.
  9. Close both nostrils, counting to four.
  10. Slow down your right nostril and exhale to a count of four.
  11. Repeat this cycle of breathing for two minutes or more.

We hope that today’s post will help you improve your life balance. Remembering that each of us has both female and male poles of energy, on Women’s Day we wish everyone to achieve the desired balance and live in harmony between both forces.