Have you ever been to your yoga class and suddenly felt a surge of emotion welling up within you? Did you feel the sudden onset of tears but struggled to hold them back? Emotional trauma is very real. Here’s why it happens and how to deal with it.
Yoga Makes You Feel Great
There’s no doubt that yoga generally makes you feel good about yourself. It has many benefits but there are always two sides to everything. Sometimes, you may experience deeply troubling emotions that may suddenly surge to the surface when you are in the middle of a yoga class. Of course, it’s understandable that the last thing you may want to do is let the tears fall. On these occasions, you may feel that yoga is unsettling, but understand that when emotions rise, they can actually have a wonderful healing effect. When emotional trauma strikes, it can be extremely unsettling.
Yoga and Emotional Trauma
When you practice yoga, you connect deeply with your physical body. In fact, it’s probably true to say that there is no greater way of learning about your physical self than through yoga. It’s not really because you are thinking about your posture, it’s that you instinctively know each posture. You also know how your body should feel as you move around. You are mindful of your approach and listen to your body while engaging with it. With each posture, there is preparation; first of the mind and then of the body. You feel each sinew and muscle moving and you connect with it as you search for deep alignment.