Yoga is a powerful tool when combined with psychotherapy. Emotions and sensations are often embodied in physical experiences. This includes trauma, stress, anxiety and depression. Some people have a difficulty articulating or expressing their difficulty. The just know they don’t feel “right.” For these people, traditional talk therapy may not touch what needs to change as deeply as an embodied approach to healing.
The practice of yoga helps us connect with the part of ourselves, the place within us, that can never be damaged or taken away. It provides us with a glimpse of calm and clarity, acting as window into the essence. The more we practice, the more we connect with this state of being.
The practice of yoga helps us command of our physical, mental, and emotional self. We feel better in our bodies. We see past our limitations and begin to live boldly, open to new experiences, new possibilities, and new challenges.
When we align with the ego we attach our identity, worth, and happiness to something that can be taken away through sickness, aging, or life circumstances. This is to live a small. We are so much more than our ego!
Through a dedicated yoga practice, we find that the only thing that is unchanging within is the radiantly alive and constantly vibrating pulse of life. We discover this by experientially connecting to our body. The body knows. It stores every emotion, experience and sensation we’ve ever had.
As our practice deepens, we develop a keen sense toward things that offer the trappings of freedom but fall short of delivering the goods. It can take many challenging years of practice to reach this place. Be patient. Layers of conditioning need to be peeled away. You’re worth it.