Experiencing emotions arise during our yoga practice is common, and even expected. Deeply embedded memories are stored in our body
As we move, breathe, and stretch our bodies, our energy channels are opened, and unprocessed emotions can manifest. An effective yoga class can move us just as deeply on an emotional level as it can on a physical level.
We store these emotions and memories in our physical body by holding tension in certain areas. These areas most commonly include the hips, back, shoulders, neck, jaw, and chest. You may have noticed a welling up of emotion as you do a heart opening pose, for example.
Or as you move inward into Child’s Pose.
When we surrender into a pose, some of the stored energy may be released, resulting in tears, sadness, fear, anger, or frustration. If we stick with the surfacing emotions, and give them the opportunity to manifest, we can gain great insights and understanding. This can be key to gaining clarity and finding more ease and peace in our lives.
The asanas are designed to affect our subtle body so that we can experience a spiritual transformation. Many people start practicing yoga for physical fitness, but ultimately see that spiritual development can occur. As we bring awareness inside the body, we can feel things that lie under the surface of ordinary awareness.
By working with what comes up during our yoga practice, we can gain information regarding long-standing patters and blockages, that when explored, can offer profound insights.
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