“I cannot heal, what I cannot feel. I give myself permission to feel deeply.”
We live in a cultural structure where we are socially not accepted for expressing negative emotions. We repress them into our psyche and explode once we fill up the box. One of the yogic principles (Yamas) called Satya which translates into truthfulness invites us to express our feelings fully, positive and negative aspects of who we are to those around us and ourselves.
This week I invite you to focus your practice off your mat around being mindful of the words you speak and reflect on how they translate to be your authentic to your feelings. Are you numb towards something? Could you meditate your way through balancing your emotions?
For your practice on your mat, do a scan and find areas in the body with built up emotions, try to release them by holding postures that stretch this area and send the breath into this area. The most common areas tend to be the shoulders and hips.
Remember we cannot have yin without yang, light without dark, happiness without sadness. Connect deeply with your feelings and don’t allow yourself to become numb.
-Namaste, Michi P.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MICHI POINDEXTER
This passionate knowledge seeking teacher, started their yoga journey with karma a few years ago and after falling in love with the community of yoga completed their 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga from the Heart. They have been a Dentonite since 2014, graduated from TWU and runs community groups. With their trauma-informed certification, they emphasize trauma healing by sharing healing techniques to take yoga off the mat. Aside from yoga, they enjoy outdoor activities, reading and mix media art.