Thursday, 22 January 2015

Yoga for emotional balance

New beginnings-Emotional balance-
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On the wellness blog, 40plusandalliswell on Monday 19th January, 'Blue Monday'. I posted my advice on beating 'January blues'. Please see the link 
Here I am looking at how yoga can help you achieve emotional balance. 

Emotional balance is not gained through suppressing our emotions, but through being present with our emotions without judging them.  When you do this you gain understanding which will lead to the emotions being diffused.  The important point is that emotions should be allowed to flow because where our emotions are blocked dis-EASE (disease) will manifest.  
So how can yoga help. Meditation is an excellent 'tool' to help achieve emotional balance.  It teaches us to just be with what is, without judgement but with compassion.  
In terms of asana practice this week I have chosen to do a peak pose practice.  My thinking was that we would practice ahimsa, compassion to ourselves as well as others by preparing our bodies well for the peak pose, using props and modifications. We can then take this compassion to a deeper level to gain more understanding of our emotions. Our peak pose is a heart opener, Bound Half Moon Balance.  This balances the heart chakra which is to do with compassion. 
Breath practices such as alternate nostril breathing can help too.  This breath practice balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and is calming as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is concerned with the 'quieter' activities in the body as opposed to the sympathetic nervous system which is concerned with the 'fight or flight' response.  
In Ayurveda, yoga's 'sister' science emotional imbalance can be a sign of a dosha excess. For an introduction to Ayurveda and the doshas please see the article on this blog

If your problem is anxiety, it could also be an excess of vata dosha.  To balance vata dosha please see my YouTube videos Ayurveda Doshas-Vata

If your problem is anger, it could be an excess of pitta dosha.  To balance pitta dosha please see Ayurveda Doshas-Pitta

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