Yoga & emotions in the body

RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Erica started practicing yoga daily to bring herself flexibility, strength and balance. She enjoys doing yoga on the mat in the room, in nature and at the sea side. Erica brings yoga from the mat to everyday life and it helps her to be balanced, non judgmental and to learn new things. She likes learning and challenges, and encourages students to challenge themselves, learn new asanas, practice and enjoy every minute of yoga.

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Within our bodies we hang onto mental, emotional and physical experiences that have been accumulated from the past and present. These accumulated experiences store up as emotions that are locked within different areas of our bodies.

Through yoga, we would be able to unlock these buried negative emotions that have been carrying within us impairing us from our spiritual progression in our present life’s, stopping us from fulfilling our dreams and clouding away the light that the future holds.

In different areas of the body, we hold up different locked up emotions. Specific areas are the face, chest, thighs, hips, shoulders and neck, throat and jaw, solar plexus, and the feet.


The face masks a person emotions that one hold back in their daily life. As one age, the lines that are formed on an individual face is an indication of how one has responded emotionally to their life experiences. In the years to come, we harden our faces to conceal our emotions. These would eventually be outwardly shown through our faces.

One of the simple techniques we can apply to change a negative habit to a positive one would be through relaxing our faces when performing asana postures, despite the level of difficulty. This constant reminder to relax our face, would lead to a relaxation in the nervous system. Eventually forming into a habit, in which we apply into our daily life.


Chest is the home of the heart center. The emotions that one experience would be due to who they are, and what their present concerns are. Emotions that are held onto the chest area can be released through openings of chest such as deep twists, backbends and handstands. Performing these asanas would release several emotions, such as compassion, joy, inspiration, grief and gratitude.


The thighs are locked up with anger. …read more


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