Once I began to release the idea that I had to operate in " good vibes only" I found myself becoming very comfortable with my emotions- yet I was still unsure as to how to safely work through them.
I am a big believer in inner child healing work and an even bigger believer that learning how to safely work through emotions and express ourselves freely is some of the best inner child work that we can do. Safely is the key word here.
Many of us are terrified to show all of our emotions. We may have memories of being told that certain emotions are inappropriate. We may also have been shamed for how we feel, or perhaps you felt that it was up to you to make others happy by being happy yourself. Where are my people pleasers at?!
So as we learn how to love and support ourselves, and learn to express and release all of our feelings, we need to make sure that it is in a safe space, if not your inner child is going to run for the hills covered in more shame and guilt.
For example, if you feel deep sadness bubbling to the surface and you are standing in the middle of the grocery store, expressing those guttural wails may make people give you the side eye. Instead, you can take deep breaths, feel your feet on the ground, the soft beat of your heart and "bookmark" this emotion. Let yourself know that once you get home and in an area you can express, that you will let it alllll out.
Cue in the yoga mat. And I don't mean this in a perfectly curated yoga flow, quite the opposite actually. I am talking mat out, journal next to you, moving your body in ways that you feel called. Breathing and making the sounds in ways that feels like sweet relief. The door is closed and you can be alone so that it doesn't matter what you look like, it doesn't matter what comes out of you. It's just you and your body. Your mat to hold and support you. Beautiful release.
Therapeutic yoga has completely transformed my life and it's exactly why I returned to my original roots of movement therapy. We do not truly know ourselves unless we can feel and interpret our physical sensations.
In yoga you focus your attention on your breathing and sensations moment to moment. You begin to notice the connection between your emotions and your body. You can even experiment with changing the way you feel and approach your body with curiosity instead of fear.
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