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I am a Hatha and Buti certified yoga instructor in the Boone, NC area. My goal is to provide support for women and their families in the Triangle area through the yoga practice.

Pain from the Past

Pain from the Past

In the west, yoga is seen as a form of physical fitness. People flock to classes for the benefits of increased flexibility, muscle toning, pain reduction, or even as a supplement to a more rigorous training program. And it’s all true. Yoga will absolutely ease pain and improve physical aspects of the body if practiced regularly. I found yoga in exactly this way. I was a sedentary college student and felt the need to move and stretch my body – enter yoga. I was aware, as most are, that there was a deeper side to the practice, but felt that it was not for me.

Fast forward five years later to me, emotionally hanging on by a thread, desperately searching for something, anything to pull me out of the pit I was in. Enter yoga, once again.

During a particularly tough week, I was looking for a distraction from the emotional pain of remembering. I was stuck in a loop of bad memories. I signed up for a vinyasa class that was well beyond my current skill level, hoping that the difficulty would provide a decent distraction for the next hour or so. I was right. My muscles shook, my heart pounded, and I poured sweat, but I was at peace. And I was able to carry this peace with me beyond the yoga studio. I realized I was no longer stuck in the past, reliving my most painful memories. This was something of a turning point in my life. I understood that I had power over my mind, should I choose to exercise it. I was not a slave to this particular pain any longer.

I do know that there are many physical reasons for my radical change in mood, post yoga. Endorphin release is a powerful mood changer. However, I have experienced this same reaction in yoga classes where I don’t even break a sweat. Why is this? For me, yoga is the best way to get out of my mind and back into my body, into the present. I was plagued with pain from the past; mistakes, regrets, and anger.

Yoga demanded my attention to the here and now, where I have learned from my mistakes, accepted my regrets, and let go of my anger. It is, quite literally, coming home to your heart.

Now, I would never say that yoga is the answer to every problem, nor was it my only answer. I was also in weekly sessions of talk-therapy and I had a wonderful group of people who loved me through this time. However, if you are struggling with emotional pain, I would strongly suggest trying (or continuing) yoga. The power here is that not only is yoga a powerful tool for bringing us out of past pain, but it is also a tool to help us process current pain. It is the only modality I know that can accomplish both sides of coin of pain (More on this in my next post!).

So, if you came here in any type of pain, I invite you to close your eyes and take a deep breath. Shut out your worries of the future and your regrets of the past and just be here. In the present.

Namaste'

Nat

 

Photo by Ryan Moreno on Unsplash

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