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March 28, 2014 / kristieinman

yoga~ an emotional release

japa_0 Our bodies are amazing!  We tense muscles all the time to keep joints in their proper places, to keep bones moving, and we can also keep emotions locked down as well.  When we are in a position to unlock those muscles and just breath many times those emotions entrapped  are released.  We may not even know the source of the emotions welling up and it may take us by surprise.  It’s OK- it’s part of the process, body, mind & spirit – they are all intertwined and when a total relaxation is achieved all 3 are open and exposed.  The yoga mat is a safe place, it’s your place.  You’ll find the studio a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere, that’s part of the reason your body allows the full release.

This is a segment of an Article from the Yoga Journal called, Emotions in Motion

Teardrops on the Mat

 

When a breakthrough does occur—even if it’s much-needed—it can be hard for a person to cope with it. “If there is a release of emotion in a particular asana, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra[II.46-49], the thing to do is relax into the pose, regulate the breathing, and focus on the infinite to become centered in the deepest aspect of one’s self,” Harrigan advises.

 

Harrigan thinks teachers should encourage their students to find a comforting and inspiring word or mantra to turn to anytime during class and to correlate with their breathing. “This is a centering device that is always at the student’s disposal, no matter how or when the emotional release occurs,” she says.

 

“I also recommend that people taking a hatha yoga asana class keep a journal of not just the physical experience but what goes through their minds and their emotional states,” Harrigan adds. “This way, they can consider the spiritual aspect of their lives very consciously.”

 

When a student is facing a welling-up of emotion, the most powerful action teachers can take is to simply offer him or her quiet support.

 

This doesn’t mean you have to be emotional in order to be practicing correctly, but I just want you to know that it’s OK if you are!

I hope you can come join me – or one of the other great teachers at the Lotus!

Mondays~6:30pm~HEATED VINYASA BY Debbie Mix
 Tuesdays~6:30pm ~CANDLELIGHT, EASY RESTORATIVE FLOW BY Tawnymara Inman
 Wednesdays~ 5:00pm~Basic Yoga BY KRISTEN INMAN
 Thursdays~4:45pm~ Yin Yoga By Tammy Holstein
                        ~6:15pm~Yin Yoga By Tammy Holstein
 Fridays~5:00pm~ Basic Yoga By Kristie Inman
 Saturday~~9:30am~ALL LEVEL VINYASA BY DEBBIE MIX

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