Yoga Postures for Releasing Emotions


Pain, fear, anxiety, anger, sadness and stiff hips. How is it all connected? More than many of you might think. The connection between the mind and body is crucial in maintaining emotional health, and yoga asanas can play an essential role in this regard. Yoga practice involves a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, which can help people develop a deeper awareness of their emotions and manage them effectively. Besides, yoga practice could be recommended as a physical activity for boosting cardiac and emotional resilience. We develop more profound connection between our mind and body, leading to improved emotional well-being.

Yoga asanas can be a powerful tool in releasing and managing emotions. Specific postures, such as hip openers, twists, and backbends, can help release emotional blockages and stagnant energy. Let's take a look at few positions and their benefits together.

Pigeon pose

also known as Eka Pada...

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The Hindu Roots of Yoga

The Hindu Roots of Yoga 

Within Hinduism there are six major schools of thought: Samkhya, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa, Vendanta, and Yoga. Each one is inspired by the holy Vedas and other Hindu concepts.

Yoga, from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' means to unite. It is usually described in Hindu texts as a way to control the senses and the mind. The most famous Hindu text describing yoga is the Bhavad Ghita, which dates all the way back to the 6th - 3rd centuries BCE. In it, Krishna describes 4 types of yoga:

  • Bakti, or devotion
  • Jnana, or knowledge
  • Karma, or action,
  • Dhyana, or concentration.

Achieving Moksha 

The ultimate goal of each is to achieve Moksha, or unity with God and escape from the cycle of birth and death. No single person is born saved, though the Divine resides within all people. All people, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, have the ability to achieve Moksha. Moksha can be attainted through a person's actions, words, and thoughts, as they...

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