Did you know that your life experiences occur at every level of your being? Think of the emotional pain, traumatic moments and high-stress situations that you've experienced to date. If you are on the spiritual path, you know that you have to take the time to process these emotions and unpack them. Oftentimes, we seek help with processing and unpacking our emotions in the form of contemplation, a journal, a trusted companion or a mental health professional. All of which are so useful yet none of which address the story that lives within our bodies...
"We hold our past in our bodies just as surely as we hold memories of the past in our minds." - Swami Ambikananada Saraswati
Connection to our bodies is essential for us to peel back the layers of deep rooted pain from our pasts and become truly free. What happens to so many of us, is that as we continue to push forward in life we neglect to take the time to process and unpack our experiences as they come. Or we only process the pain on one level. Maybe we work through it mentally but not physically.
Over time, the emotional pain, trauma and stress all continue to pile on until we break down in some way. We might have emotional dis-ease or we might have a physical dis-ease. I like to think of these moments as profound opportunities for self-realization and growth. These breakdowns are truly gifts in an ugly package to make us wake up and do things differently. The next time you find yourself feeling broken or in a state of dis-ease. Let it be a mirror shining back to you that shows you where you need to grow.
My work as a Yoga Therapist allows me to hold space and guide people to show up fully in their body, mind and spirit. Oftentimes, my students come to me at the point of breakdown or right after when they're ready for new tools to navigate life. Yoga teaches us to listen to the story that lives within our body, empowers us to stop avoiding processing our darker experiences and enables us to really let go.
Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist. She offers Yoga Therapy, Classes, Workshops and Training in Chattanooga, TN. It is her mission to empower others to have improved quality of life through the practice of Yoga!
I'm a Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher & Mama Bear who is all in on mindful authentic living. This blog is a collection of my passion for all things yoga, nutrition, health and cooking. Subscribe to the blog for monthly goodies delivered right to your email!