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Healing & Pain

Healing is a process. Just like ebb and flow it comes in waves – unlinear, little by little, not all at once. (…it’s pretty unlikely that there’s a tsunami of healing going on… ??)The body is the soul’s vehicle.So when we’re in pain – mentally or physically – , most likely it’s the soul’s way begging for something it’s desperately in need of. This can be a change in environmental issues (such as dieting behaviours, social environment etc.), or simply a cry to be loved by you. Only by silencing the mind, we are able to hear what our soul is longing for. ?‍♀️✨

Pain is a part of life. ⁠So how do we recover, how do we get to the point of true healing?⁠What if we would give ourselves the permission to feel the pain (/fear /loneliness / whatever form the suffering takes).⁠What if we would embrace it and release it afterwards.⁠What if we would remove ourselves from the environment where we got sick (because it’s certainly not the place of healing).⁠What if we would be willing to learn from our suffering, forgiving those, who hurt us – including ourselves for every harmful thought, every cruel action we might have taken.⁠⁠The only way to healing, is when we truly forgive. ⁠⁠Challenge yourself to accept that nothing has gone wrong. Challenge yourself to trust the process.⁠Trust your soul’s power to heal. Be patient and forgive. You are healing. It might take a year, it might take a decade, but eventually you will heal. ⁠

Dealing With Emotional Pain

While we’re releasing tension within our bodies on a physical level by doing Yoga – especially when practicing Yin, this healing process of the body is always accompanied by a release of mental and emotional stress, as well. Bringing up painful emotions while bravely sitting through them, holding Asanas for 3-5 min and surrender to whatever comes up, can be both: incredibly healing AND frightening all at once.

Hip Openers:
Hips don’t lie. Since our hips are linked to our second chakra (“svadhisthana chakra” or “sacral chakra”), which deals with all of our sexual and emotional experiences, there’s a remarkable link between what’s hiding in our hips and our emotional condition. Whenever we’re scared or feel stressed, our natural stress response system “fight or flight” gets switched on. We tighten ourselves up, ready to run from whatever frightens us.When working on opening the hips we tenderly massage the scar that’s left once the threat has passed.
Here are some hip openers you might wanna try:

  • Baddha Konasana (butterfly pose)
  • Supta Konasana (sleeping angle pose)
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (pigeon pose)

Twists stimulate our digestive system. We often forget that our bodies don’t only have to process food, but also experiences and emotions that come a long that way.Additionally, twists wring out our intervertebral discs just like a sponge. What happens here is that this sponges get rid of the old particles they’ve kept so far and refill themselves. Therefore, twisting means refresh and reenergizing your intervertebral discs.
Here are some twists you might wanna try:

  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (half lord of the fishes pose)
  • Marichyasana III (marichi’s pose)
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle pose)

Sweet Release:
You might consider the restful poses as the most powerful ones. It’s that time of the practice where you’ve done your work. You’ve build your temple. Think of it as standing in front of the altar you’ve just built during your practice, you’re ready to receive now. When you notice your mind’s wandering, get curious to where it drifts. Why does this thought show up? What does is make you feel like? Rather than suppressing thoughts or emotions, start noticing what’s really on your mind behind the surface. Embrace feeling/ emotion/ though might come up at this moment.
Here are some restorative yoga poses you might wanna try:

  • Viparita Karani (legs-up-the-wall pose)
  • Savasana (corpse pose)