Yoga and the Emotional Self
Yoga, the Physical Body and our Emotions
Yoga’s roots go way back. But the practice in the 21st century with its focus on fitness has lost some of its connection to yesteryear. In the disciplines’s classical view, the physical body was viewed as an impediment to attainment. How could we both connect our souls with the Divine, and simultaneously have desires, the reasoning went…
Isn’t it inevitable that the practice will evolve? I think so, but how do we slow down to look deeply inside? How do we make the connection to the mind, body and heart?
I love the qualities of the heart that are emerging from the more power and fitness styles of yoga. One of the first that comes to mind is self-empowerment. There are all the stress reduction benefits and, maybe, just maybe, we love ourselves a bit more. But I ask:
Are the deepest desires of your heart lining up with what you manifest in your life?
Healing Requires Self-Awareness
Looking over the scope of my teaching career, it’s clear that the way in to our emotional holdings, especially in the 21st century, is through a deep connection with our physical body.
Consider the posture of someone who is grieving, often the shoulders are rolled forward and the chest a bit sunken. It’s a protective posture. Whether we are aware of the grief that we carry, or not, a practice of back bends will connect us in.
Once the connection is made, healing can begin.
Look for the Good
But everything moves so fast in the typical yoga class! Trust that it’s only a matter of time until the connection inside is made. And as that awareness deepens, so does the quest for knowing more about ourselves, who we are and how we can make choice for personal growth.
Listen to the podcast and share the connections you’ve made to your deepest sense of self through your practice.