Sometimes emotions feel incredibly overwhelming. It’s part of being human. Fortunately, yoga gives us tools to navigate these states. You can meditate, breathe deeply, and flow with your emotions and use your practice to mindfully decipher the underlying messages of your feelings. Your practice can create an investigation space where you can be authentic and affirm a healthy relationship with your inner world.
Yoga teacher Juanita Borges, creator of the following sequence, shares her experiences with yoga in this area: “Years ago I remember looking up ‘Yoga for Anxiety’ and ‘Yoga for Panic Attacks’ because I was looking for relief. I wanted to better understand how stressors exist in my body. I noticed how I tend to hold tension in my hips and shoulders. Finding yoga poses that helped me release these areas also made me aware of my relationship with the stressors themselves. Understanding the surge in energy from a panic attack or holding stagnant energy has revolutionized my yoga practice. “
For this Emotional Overwhelming Sequence, unroll your mat to hear what your body really longs to be released from. Let this interlude of introspective movement uncover and let go of any stimuli that are limiting you. These poses are designed to relieve the weight from your shoulders, the tension from your hips, and help you release any energies that are no longer serving you. Explore this sequence in a calm, peaceful room that is comfortable with your vulnerability.
Three-part breath (Dirga Pranayama)
Start in Sukhasana (Easy Pose) or Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) and place one palm over your heart and your other palm over your stomach. Close your eyes and notice the ebb and flow of your natural breath and heartbeat. After observing this natural state of your body for a minute or two, take a deep breath first into your stomach, then into your ribs, and finally into your heart cavity. Exhale slowly to deflate all of this air through your nose, and as you exhale, pull your navel towards your spine. Repeat this three-part breath for about 7 rounds at your own pace.