Learning From Our Emotions


Emotion is energy moving through the body. Emotions are a gift of awareness. By studying our emotional layer (manomaya kosha), we can learn how our own beliefs affect our reality. When we become attached to our emotions we essentially become what we are feeling. For example, instead of being Jane who has a sad feeling, it becomes Jane is sad. Jane becomes the feeling. When we experience our emotions with healthy detachment we can see that feelings are separate from our true selves.

Yoga can provide stability in the midst of emotions through postures (asana) and movement, meditation, breathing practices and inner exploration. Yogic philosophy teaches that emotions are responses to what you believe. Our beliefs result from samskaras (imprints of experience). We all have skewed vision, perspectives, illusions, that keep us from seeing clearly. These samskaras stem from things we have experienced, seen, done, and were taught.

5 Tips To Help with Emotional Exploration and Release
1) Acknowledge the emotion. Try not to label an emotion as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This can create a resistance to what we see as negative. Acknowledge and accept the emotion and ask what it is trying to tell you.
2) Allow yourself to physically feel the emotion. Let the emotional energy flow through the body rather than causing blockages by resisting the way an emotion makes you feel
3) Identify the emotion. Try to name the emotion and describe the feelings being experienced the body.
4) Let it out. The body may need an outlet for the energy such as a good cry, a walk, asana (yoga) practice, etc.
5) Change beliefs that no longer serve you. If the way you see something causes you pain, can you examine it and possibly change your perspective? Ask, “What am I believing that makes me feel or see things this way?” “Is it true?” “What would it be like if I chose to believe and think about this differently?”