Yoga and Difficult Emotions

We often suppress difficult emotions so we can focus on our daily tasks. Perhaps we don’t want to be reminded of painful events or avoid being a burden to others. Sadness is perceived as a negative emotion and most people either deny its existence or consciously ignore it. I agree that there is a time and place to express dark emotions. (You can’t rant about a nasty breakup at your friend’s bridal shower, for example.) Most of the time, we have to bottle up our feelings of grief or pain just to get through the day.  However, there are moments when we’re on the mat and the feelings we hold in start pouring out unintentionally. This has happened to me on several occasions and all I could do was surrender to the rush of emotion. Sometimes, when transitioning from on pose to another or during savasana, I find myself in tears. I try not to judge myself when this happens. Yoga opens us up and allows us to empty our minds. It is in this emptiness that permission to feel what we need to feel is granted. Beginners might get scared of this occurrence so it is important to remember that what comes out during practice – sadness, anger, and even aggression – is meant to come out and be felt.  I have learned to teach myself to cry or feel emotional discomfort without judgment while on the mat and remind myself that this is the release I need at that very moment.

About Louie-An

Hello. My name is Louie-An and this is a record of my thoughts and observations on my own yoga practice. I am not a yoga teacher, so please view these as musings of an ardent yogini who wants to monitor her progress as a practitioner. These entries are not meant to be instructional in any way. If I do offer a few tips, please work with a certified and experienced yoga teacher before trying them out. Also, feel free to share your own experiences with me so we can learn from each other. I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I do writing them. Namaste.
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4 Responses to Yoga and Difficult Emotions

  1. Karla says:

    Sending you hugs over the WWW. If I could only scoop up your difficult emotions and throw them out, I would. But I know it’s something we all need to process on our own.Take care. I know you will overcome. I believe in you! XOXO

  2. Marie says:

    Where were we before Yoga? haha. I see this is a new blog. I look forward to observing your journey, and being a part of it, too.

    • Louie-An says:

      I don’t know where we will be without yoga, hahaha! Thanks for dropping by, Marie. I look forward to hearing about your yoga experiences, too.

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