Yoga is known for making your body beautiful on the outside, but it can also make you feel lovely on the inside. There are many benefits from yoga that can help ease your mind from anxiety, stress, worry, and all those other negative emotions that clog up our emotional thought system.
Did you know that the body manifests your emotional state? When you feel emotions your body expresses them physically. For example, when you are happy, your body may feel light and energized. When you feel peaceful your body will likely respond with relaxed muscles. On the other hand, when you are stressed, your body may tense up. You may get a headache or a stomach ache. When you are angry, you may clench your teeth, or your back may stiffen. These different physical manifestations can take place in the muscles, joints, ligaments, or even in your internal organs.
Yoga works by acting as a vehicle that takes you through a series of physical poses and stretches that are designed to move pain and tightness out of areas where these negative feelings compile. For some of you, the negative emotions build in the lower back. For some, negative feelings store in the hips, or in the belly. My negative feelings build between my shoulder blades and neck. I also get stomach pains. It's not fun, to say the least.
In yoga, there are poses made to get right into those specific areas of pain and help ease or even release it. When you release physical pain and built up tension, you start to release the very reason the pain is there: the negative thoughts and emotions. They rise to the surface and begin to leave the body, little by little.
When you release these negative thoughts and emotions the result may be a little scary at first. Yoga is all about release, and sometimes we are afraid to let go of control. It is hard to let go of our worries and anxieties. We want to hold on to these things, because we think we can change the outcome. But the reality is that we are not in control. Life is unpredictable. Life happens the way it is going to happen, no matter what we do to try and change the outcome.
True happiness comes when we are able to let it all go, let go of control, let go of our negative emotions, and allow life to flow through our lives smoothly. When we learn to accept this phenomena, we can truly find joy. Practicing yoga brings us happiness, joy and freedom. It is these positive feelings that make you feel beautiful on the inside.
This process is slow and the yoga practitioner needs plenty of patience. Believe me, it's not all going to come out at one sitting. But if you practice on a daily basis, I promise you will see results, and when you look in the mirror you will find beauty on the outside, and also within.