When I was 17 years old I found something that helped me a whole lot.
There are 3 specific things that I have gained from yoga:
-Awareness of my body
The first time I went to yoga class I did not have patience with myself or my body. I ended up pushing myself to unrealistic limits and strained a lot of muscles in my body. I realized pretty quickly that yoga was so much more than just “bending my body”…
Yoga was about having self-compassion towards my body. Self-compassion became my foundation for yoga and over time I was able to move from the modified poses to advanced poses. I remember the day I was finally able to do the crow pose. Go look up that pose…it’s harder than it looks.
Along with my new sense of self-compassion also came a new sense of awareness of my body. I discovered pretty quickly that I had a habit of holding my breath when feeling overwhelmed or anxious. I held my breath a whole lot during my first yoga class hahaha. Over time I developed more awareness of my body and this is what helped me gain emotional balance.
Emotional balance is something that has given me great healing. Do you know that our emotions can get stuck in our bodies?
Traumatic events, by definition overwhelm our ability to cope. When the mind becomes flooded with emotion, a circuit breaker is thrown that allows us to survive the experience fairly intact, that is, without becoming psychotic or frying out one of the brain centers. The cost of this blown circuit is emotion frozen within the body. In other words, we often unconsciously stop feeling our trauma partway into it, like a movie that is still going after the sound has been turned off. We cannot heal until we move fully through that trauma, including all the feelings of the event
-Susan Pease Banitt, The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out
Yoga can help:
And don’t worry…I cannot do a headstand either like that. I use the wall to help me. You can do that as well!
Be Fervently Driven
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