BACKBENDS AND EMOTIONS
Ok so to tell the truth I enjoy the physical practice so much that sometimes I feel I practice yoga for its physicality only. But slowly as I read more, as I became more conscious, as I started paying attention to my inner body I realised yoga and emotions are entwined.
Our mind and body works in harmony. When we practice backbends or hip openers we tap into these muscle memories stored sub consciously in our body. We don't acknowledge them, they are not even suppressed but they are there lingering inside the knots of our body. It's like memory of that smell from rajma curry my mother use to cook when I was a kid. Even now sometimes when I cross a similar smell suddenly that memory swells up to my awareness bringing the taste to my mouth too. Similarly backbend brings up so many emotions and feelings to the surface, they need not be too loud or subtle , they just exist, sometimes in form of exhaustion, or ectasy or deep sadness or just a fleeting feeling.
As we extend the front part of our body and consciously work on lengthening each vertebrae in a backbend we pierce through all the knots that exist dormant for so long in our spine ,hips and front of our body thus stiring energy flow inside our body.
Yoga is completely experiential. If you have never came across such sensations that's fine, or if you have felt different after a asana practice session but never paid much focus to it that is fine and a conscious choice, if you have felt something very similar to what I have shared than also it's fine.
Acknowledging or being aware helps to deepen the practice, be it physical, spiritual, a combination or something completely different.
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