Emotions are energy in motion.
When we don’t deal with them appropriately they become suppressed and stored in the body.
These stored emotions are usually caused by past traumas/experiences where those emotions were not fully expressed or dealt with.
During yoga practice when we hold poses, tension is released from the body.
When tension is released, these stored emotions or old wounds can sometimes rise to the surface with strong emotions that you carry unconsciously throughout your life.
This can cause you to feel vulnerable, uncomfortable, angry, sad, overwhelmed, relieved, awakened, light, joyful or even provoke laughter.
These experiences are common and having these emotional breakthroughs can be seen as progress in personal development and spiritual growth.
Know that if nothing comes up, that’s ok too. There is no need to force an emotional response, the body will release when it’s ready to.
Yoga can be a powerful tool to help release stored emotions and heal old wounds.
Often times this happens unexpectedly without warning during practice. Be open to it and don’t suppress what comes up, back down.
Yoga creates a safe space to explore and be curious about what rises to the surface emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
It’s safe for you to allow yourself to be vulnerable as you navigate through your yoga experience, just breathe as you work through any releases.
Practice with an open mind and allow your soul to grow through the experiences that unfold.
“Feel the feeling but don’t become the emotion. Witness it. Allow it. Release it.” – Crystal Andrus
With love and light,
Go deeper into this topic with Yoga Journal’s blog post Emotion in Motion