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Emotional pain can be described as heartache that results from a painful experience, such as being hurt by loved one, as a result of their words or actions. It can occur from depression, anxiety, disappointment, fear or guilt, and tends to worsen when you replay and relive painful, traumatic events that occurred in the past. Emotional pain can become debilitating when it affects your mood, relationships, personal and professional life, and it occupies your mind constantly.
People who suffer from emotional pain often find themselves unable to stop dwelling on past hurts and disappointments, and may struggle to let go of the painful memories. They may find themselves in a cycle of guilt and punishment - reliving the event over and over again in their minds. As a result, an individual may fall into depression. They may find themselves plagued with feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness.
Practicing yoga activates prana and helps move out all the blocked energy and negative emotions we store in every cell of the body. Yoga also calms our nervous system, alleviating stress and promoting rest and healing. There are many ways that can help us achieve a more harmonious mental, emotional and physical state. One way is through the practice of Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a systematic structured method of self- inquiry, which brings about conscious physical, emotional self-awareness and relaxation. Yoga Nidra brings awareness of the internal subconscious and unconscious landscape where you give yourself instructions for desired changes that you wish to incorporate into your life.
Anyone can practice Yoga Nidra, but it is contraindicated for imbalanced psychological states and clinical depression. However, a shorter practice of 10 minutes may be practiced by focusing on the body, keeping your eyes open and sitting upright instead of lying down. If you are new to Yoga Nidra, you can start with 20 minutes and gradually increase your practice to an hour. Practicing Yoga Nidra will help in:
1. Rediscovering your life of courage, strength and vitality
2. Receiving clarity as to why you close your heart in times of uncertainty and distress
3. Learning how to end resistance and struggle, let go, and return to equanimity
4. Empowering your affirmations and positive intentions
5. Releasing psychophysical trauma held in your body, and erasing habitual patterns
6. Increasing your ability to stay present and relaxed when in stressful situations
7. Rediscovering who you truly are and open yourself to the abundance of an awakened, meaningful life
To prepare for Yoga Nidra, wear comfortable loose clothes and remove jewelry and eyeglasses. You can either sit in a chair or lie down on the floor. The use of bolsters may aid in comfort if lying on the floor. Use a blanket to cover yourself with, as your body will cool down as it relaxes. Turn your palms upward, close your eyes (remain awake) and listen as you are guided through the following steps:
1. Preparation/Relaxation-getting comfortable and releasing any tension you may have in your body
2. Choosing your affirmation or ‘Sankalpa (a positive I AM statement or intention)
3. Rotation of consciousness, the process of bringing awareness to various parts of the body (Marma Points) aids in moving blocked energy from various (Nadis) energy pathways
4. Breath awareness-focusing the attention on the act of breathing completes physical relaxation and maintains awareness of breath at the nostril or of its passage through the navel and throat helps to withdraw the sense centers from their objects of sensations in “prathyahara”
5. Feelings and sensations-pairs of opposite feelings and emotions are experienced in effort to bring to memory the intense physical and emotional feelings; they are reexperienced and the erased. Relaxation at the emotional level and building up of strong will-power are the two major outcomes of this procedure.