5 Yoga Poses To Release Difficult Emotions

5 Yoga Poses To Release Difficult Emotions

When you hear the word “trauma,” what is your immediate reaction? If you are like most people, you probably think of serious accidents, abuse, or war-torn countries. Anybody can experience trauma because anything that threatens safety or well-being can be traumatizing. It overwhelms the capacity to cope or respond and leaves a sense of hopelessness or fear. 

Psychiatrists define trauma as an imprint left by an experience on the mind, body, or brain. It is not a singular event that took place at one point during your life. It can cause emotional tension and you can store that tension in various parts of the body. Storing this tension can affect your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This tension can manifest in the form of headaches, jaw pain, tight shoulder muscles, heart palpitations, sweaty palms, and more. Continue reading to learn about how you can release those difficult emotions through a series of yoga poses.

Lion Pose

This pose works to relieve the emotional pain and tension you may store in your facial muscles and jaw area. Oftentimes, these are the areas that hold tension caused by panic and anxiety. Sit up straight in a cross-legged position, or kneel down and sit back onto your heels. Lean forward and place your hands on the ground in front of you, keeping your back straight. Take a deep breath in through the nose and exhale out through the mouth by opening it wide while simultaneously stretching out your tongue. Let out a loud roar or “ha” sound during this release. Repeat the pose as many times as you’d like. Just avoid this pose if you have a sore jaw, face, or neck.

Pyramid Pose

Pyramid pose stretches the hamstrings in order to release any residual stubborn emotional pain, which is often caused by fight or flight mode. Begin in a standing position with your feet hip-distance apart. Separate your feet so that they are about three to four feet apart, entering a wide stance. Take a deep breath in and press your feet firmly into the ground. Tuck your tailbone and engage your lower abdomen as you square your hips over your left leg and interlace your fingers behind your back. Exhale as you hinge at the hips to bend forward over your left leg, bring your chest to your thigh. If you need support, place your hands above your left knee. Hold this position for 15 seconds to a minute and then repeat on the other side.

Pond Pose

This pose works to relax the abdominal muscles in order to help remove any imbalances, which occur when your sense of self isn’t safe, in the solar plexus. Lie flat on your back and extend your arms overhead. Lengthen your spine and take a deep inhale, allowing your belly to rise up. Exhale fully and engage your abdomen to return to the starting position. This is an elongating pose and you can hold it for as long as is comfortable for you. 

Bound Angle Pose

Opening up the hips in bound angle pose works to release uncomfortable emotions that you store there. The hips are near the second chakra, which governs creativity, sensuality, and the emotional body. Sit up straight with your legs extended out in front of you. Bend your knees and draw your heels as close to your groin as you comfortably can. Let your knees fall out to the sides and bring the soles of your feet together. Allow gravity to let your legs fall closer to the ground. Hold this pose anywhere between one to five minutes and then return to the starting position. 

Upward Facing Dog

This pose helps to stretch the upper body, which stimulates the throat chakra and helps clear out traumatic energy. That energy tends to result from the suppression of your inner voice. Begin lying face down on your mat and make sure the tops of your feet are on the mat. Bend your arms and place your palms on either side of you by your chest. Engage your chest muscles and glutes as you press up, opening your chest to the wall and drawing your shoulder blades back. At the apex of the pose, your arms should be straight and your gaze up towards the ceiling. Hold this pose from 15 to 30 seconds and then release.



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