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Releasing emotions through Yoga

We all have felt the calmness during or after a yoga session. But, there may be times when you feel sad, angry, despondent too! Have you ever wondered why?

Science, finally acknowledges the fact, that the body stores emotions! Especially in the hips, thighs and shoulders.

 How do we store old emotions?

Think of what you do when you feel angry, your unconscious reaction is to clench your jaw or fist. This same action of clenching happens in your hip when we feel threatened or hear bad news.  Similarly, when you are sad, you shoulders droop.

When we cry really hard, we sometimes say, “I feel like I can’t breathe.” The lungs are also associated with taking in the new and releasing the old. If we’re grieving, we have a hard time with both. Letting go and moving on.

This unconscious tension can be held from one traumatic event, or lots of little events where the stress of feelings like sadness, fear, grief, anger are stored in our body.

Both the Indian yogis and the Daoist yogis in China noticed a correlation between particular emotions and certain areas of the body.

  • Fear is centered in the kidneys
  • Anger in the liver
  • Worry in the stomach
  • Fright in the heart
  • Grief in the lungs

Relasing Emotions through Yoga

Poses in yoga work the body both physically and energetically. As they stimulate the chakras that correspond to the major organs of the body.

Yoga Poses to Release Emotions

1. Twists

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Practices twists like Ardha Matsyendrasana that wring out the internal organs. Also they affect the energy in the solar-plexus or Manipura. Which gives us courage and power to manage crisis in our lives.

2. Back Bends

Practice backbends like Ushtrasana, Chakrasana, etc. As backbends strengthen  the lungs and releases grief, hurt and sadness . Backbends open the heart center and balances energy in Anahata Chakra.

3. Forward Folds

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Practice deep forward bends. It is an act of surrendering to difficult emotions. The asana stretches the hamstrings which are tight, due to the storage  of emotions. Paschimottanasana, Balasana, Janu Sirsasana are good asanas to help release unwanted emotions.

4. Hip-openers

The hips hold a variety of emotions, from stress to sadness to trauma. They’re the epicenter of the second chakra, which is the energy center related to emotions. Practice Ardhakapotasana, Warrior poses as they relax the muscles around the hips.

5. Relax the shoulders

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Practice asanas like Gomukhasana or stretch the shoulders and arms. This helps in releasing the stress from the shoulders. Besides, it opens the heart centre too!

Emotions are challenging but don’t let them be dangerous. Use this opportunity to take your yoga practice to a new level. Start to observe what is actually occurring. Don’t add more stories and just observe them as a bypasser. Avoid getting pulled into the turmoil over and over again!!

Yoga have saved me, in so many ways. Just trying to share the experience. That atleast one person, who feels like they are drowning; learns how to float or swim. 🙂 

Iti Jain

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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).


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