There is evidence that our emotions are stored in our body which then leads to health issues. One technique that will help to release stored emotions is Yoga. Specific Yoga postures, or asanas, work to release blockages within the body to allow the energy to flow freely. When I first started practicing Yoga a little over two years ago, some days my legs would shake and other days they would not. This shaking was not due to the strength of my legs, but rather to emotions being released that were stored in my legs.
Forward Fold releases tension caused by anger, jealousy, and other negative emotions.
Camel pose is a heart opening pose that can lead to dramatic emotional release which could range from laughing to crying.
Happy Baby pose can work wonders for releasing exhaustion and anxiety.
Poses that get into the hips, chest, and back elicit emotional releases most often during yoga sessions. Frustration and anger can present itself as spinal tension, heartbreak and depression often live in the chest, and emotional pain from the past can hide out in the hip flexors. I read a book about Trauma Yoga, “Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body”, which you can find in my Amazon store, indicates that Yoga is a great way to process unresolved emotions.
I found Yoga in 2010 and I love it. I used to practice at lunch until I learned that this was using up my digestive fire. This idea comes from Ayurveda which is discussed on another page on this site. Now I practice in the morning before I start the rest of my day. It is a great way to wake up by getting the body moving gently after its rest from the night. It refreshes and energizes me. It gives me peace and has taught me how to handle situations in my life more effectively. Moreover, it has reintroduced me to myself by teaching me to explore my needs and wants and to listen to my body and the messages that it sends to me.
Yoga is beneficial all around. It promotes flexibility and strength in the body. It helps to improve balance. Pretty much anyone can do Yoga asanas (postures) as there are different styles for everyone including Chair Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga which is a more athletic version with a specific sequence, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, etc. “How Yoga Works” is a fantastic novel which teaches the ideas of Yoga in a story format. It is best read along with the “The Essential Yoga Sutra: Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga” book so that you can fully explore the ideas presented. Both books are available in my Amazon store.
Yoga has other bodily benefits such as assisting digestion. Some poses that will help in this regard are indicated below.
Seated Spinal Twist
Sit comfortably on your chair with your back straight. Twist using your stomach muscles. Gently hold your chair, but do not force yourself to twist further using your hands. Ensure that both shoulders are pulled down away from your ears and that your shoulder blades are squeezed together behind your back. This will protect your back. Hold for several breaths, breathing deeply into your diaphragm. This will help to massage your stomach and get the digestive juices flowing.
Seated Forward Bend
Sit comfortably on your chair with your back straight. Bend forward so that your stomach is resting on your thighs. Hold for several breaths, breathing deeply into your diaphragm. This will help to massage your stomach and get the digestive juices flowing. You can modify this by using a chair in front of you, if needed.
Kneel on the floor and support your knees by placing a blanket under them or sit on some pillows or folded blankets. Bend forward so that your stomach is resting on your thighs. Lay your head on some folded blankets or pillows. Hold for several breaths, breathing deeply into your diaphragm. This will help to massage your stomach and get the digestive juices flowing. You can also do this pose sitting on a chair and bending forward towards another chair that is facing you, if needed.
Yoga as Medicine –Timothy McCall