Yoga is a form of physical exercise that uses postures and breathing to better help one’s mind and body. It has a long history, and many people practice it, even today. However, the practice has become popular in the past few decades, and many people practice yoga by performing specific postures called asanas. These postures are not only a way to exercise body muscles but also to release stress, heal injuries and give peace of mind. All these benefits can be achieved on a regular basis with a regular yoga practice.
Yoga is a practice that has been practiced by many people throughout the world. The earliest documentation of Yoga is found in the ancient Indian text of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The practice of Yoga has been around for thousands of years in many parts of the world. But, it wasn’t until the 20th century that it began to become popular in the western world. For many people, Yoga was only a part of their lifestyle, but for others it became a full-time practice.
Emotions are not always pleasant, so it’s important to find a way to retain control of your emotions. There are many ways to do this, such as meditation, but yoga is another way to regulate your emotions. It’s believed that practicing yoga can help you deal with difficult emotions and temperaments.
One of the great gifts of yoga is the ability to sit with unpleasant emotions and start working on them. This is especially true for me in the development of my Yin Yoga practice.
When held for an extended period of 5 to 10 minutes, the body not only relaxes physically, but also mentally and emotionally. For people working on things from their past or current situations, this can be incredibly powerful and healing. Bringing these emotions to the surface can be very painful, so I advise people to have another support in creating a space for difficult emotions to come to the surface.
Regularly practicing yoga provides extraordinary benefits to your body and mind. Learn more about these benefits and sign up for a free 30-day yoga class by clicking here. You will be introduced to different techniques and postures that can be useful in different situations, yes, even in emotional situations.
In general, the following postures are excellent for finding relaxation – physically, mentally and emotionally.
1. Thighbone opening
Many of us tend to store our emotions in the hip area. It is a natural part of the fight-or-flight response to stress. When we feel threatened or experience a stress response, we respond physically by tensing, retreating or fleeing from that area to protect ourselves.
But even when the threat is over, the emotional scar left by the situation remains. If we don’t deal with these emotions, they stagnate and prevent us from moving forward.
The space between the hips is also the site of the second chakra, or energy center. This chakra is connected to our relationships with others, which are often the source of difficult emotions – whether they be feelings of abandonment, resentment or loss. If this chakra is closed or out of balance, you may experience difficulties in personal relationships and a sense of stagnation.
Igniting this chakra with hip-opening poses is a way to open yourself to recycling, to find forgiveness, and to understand the root of your emotions.
2. Oblique angle connected
You can practice this pose with or without accessories. When you place a support under your spine, this exercise not only opens up your core, but also your hips, which increases the feeling of relaxation. I also like to practice this pose by placing one hand on my heart and the other on the space between my thighs. This allows me to really connect with these two parts of the body that are deeply connected to feeling and emotional registration.
3. Pigeon loft
The dove is one of the deepest hip openings we practice in yoga, and often one of the most physically and mentally challenging. Use as many props as you want to feel supported and comfortable in the pose. Welcome this feeling of support as an opportunity to be supported and to feel safe to allow what needs to surface.
4. Creating children
Hold this pose with your knees far apart to create an opening in your hips. This pose is so aptly named because it allows us to curl up in a calf and embrace the dignity of a baby. When we make ourselves small, we allow ourselves to become vulnerable.
In this form, we are allowed to just be, without the need to impress, act or react in a certain way. It is an invitation to return to childhood and let our emotions flow freely as they once did.
Curdling is an extremely powerful means of digesting and processing food in a healthy way. According to Ayurveda, a science related to yoga, healthy digestion is necessary not only for the food we eat, but also for the experiences we have.
These experiences can be conversations with people, our environment, our reactions to things – all of which trigger our emotions. The practice of spinning stimulates the digestive system and transformation.
6. Support rotation
Use a large bolster or two small bolsters and a blanket to create a well-supported bed. Bring one hip to the side of the bolster and roll down with the upper body. Place one of the two cheeks on the stand. Stay there for a few minutes, concentrating on your breathing and paying attention to what appears. Actively relax all parts of your body and give yourself permission to let go.
7. Sweet release
Resting postures, in which the body does nothing physical but simply exists, are perhaps the most powerful. When the body is quiet, the mind often wanders. Use this space to bring thoughts back into your body and mind. Take stock of your body sensations and your state of mind.
If something feels out of balance, ask yourself why and what the source of that feeling is. Pay attention to this discomfort and, instead of pushing it away, create space to invite it to the surface.
8. Legs against the wall
This pose is such a gentle relaxation, literally a cleansing of the energy in the body. Physically we let our feet release the old energy and mentally we let the heaviness disappear.
There are many variations of this pose. You can start without support or try a few pads under your hips and/or spine. You can also put a block on your legs for pressure and a blanket over your body for warmth and security.
This is the most important pose of all. When our lives are so hectic from one thing to another, we do ourselves an invaluable service if we can find complete silence. The mind needs these moments of silence to process and reflect. He needs the removal of the stimulus to make sense of everything he receives each day.
Instead of spending savasana mentally making a shopping list, make an effort to be present in your mind and body – this may be your only chance to do so all day. Pay attention in silence to what appears, and be open to important changes that may occur.
Often we do not understand the cause of our emotions. We don’t know why we are angry, sad or depressed. Perhaps there is a very deep, long-rooted answer here that we need to understand with time and space.
However, when you start to become friends with your body and mind, that’s one way to bring these things out. Discovering the parts of the body that contain these emotions is another piece of the puzzle. Try practicing these attitudes – they can lead you to a breakthrough that brings you more clarity and helps you overcome difficult emotions.
Emotions are a part of life and can be an important part of what makes us who we are. Some of these emotions are positive, such as experiencing joy, while others are not so positive, such as feeling pain. When we experience difficult emotions, it can be hard to deal with them, especially if they’re not pleasant.