I don’t remember my first yoga class, but I do remember the first time I cried during yoga. The crying was not from physical pain in a posture. I was just following the instructor’s directions and I moved into a pose and paused.
Out of nowhere, totally unrelated to any thought or feeling, I cried. Emotions stuck DEEP inside of me began to FLOW and I was able to RELEASE them. I was totally unaware I housed such emotional pain, such dis-ease, in my body.
How does a physical posture release emotion? Someone actually did the research! Check out Dr. Candace Pert’s discovery in this issue’s PREVIEW (see p.13).
I’ve practiced yoga on/off for twenty years. I still use the same yoga DVD (originally VHS) with yogis wearing white thong leotards from the 1990’s (see p.37). I perform the same postures and listen to the same mantras that have become life lessons. I don’t always burst out crying, but I do pay attention to my breath, relax, and feel the flow of energy.
I’d love to know…
Have you ever found yourself crying on the massage table or in a yoga class?
Did you love it? Hate it? Either way, did it nudge you to come back for more?
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Sue McCreadie, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician
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