Wellness and Emotions

angie harris

holding-breath.jpgI find it really interesting how emotions can affect my wellness. It kind of dawned on me early this morning the amount of tension that can build up in the body because of emotions. Whether it is stress, anger, fear, or sadness, the body reacts to it and manifests itself into something physical.

Today, as I was doing yoga, I found myself on the verge of tears half way through the session. Subconsciously, my body told me that I had to let this out.  “Logical” me was trying to figure out why I was feeling the way I felt at that particular moment.

I pondered the situation I was in as I continued on with the movements, forcing myself to hold the emotions back, which only made it worse. It was interesting to see how much tension this caused in my body as I went into “downward dog.” Almost instantaneously, I felt completely non-flexible and my hamstrings felt like they were going to snap.

Then I realized that I had been holding my breath for almost the entire duration of three poses.

Not good.

I forced myself to take a deep breath, which allowed me to release the tension that was building up. Then it occurred to me: rather than logically thinking through why I was feeling the way I was, I should just accept that I was feeling this way and then continue on.

So I didn’t analyze anything but just kept on going, breathing through it all.

Amazing, some discoveries you make while doing yoga…

[tags]wellness, emotion, physical affection, downward dog, deep breath, discovery, doing yoga, holding beath[/tags]

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