Most of us stretch for about three seconds, say, “awh, that feels good”, and then go about our monkey business. . .
I learned to push myself and dive where few people really ever go.
When I stretch - I stay there - I breathe.
And while I am there, I let go of anything that is stopping me from achieving permanent results.
During this process I release tons of emotion garbage that was trapping inside my body, mind, and spirit.
Let me explain:
It was not long after I began doing yoga that I realized: “there is more to this than stretching”.
There is a releasing that takes place to make room for the muscles and mind to expand.
I was attempting to do what no chiropractor could do, and ended up doing what no psychiatrist could do for me.
For $100 dollars I bought a month-long yoga membership because my weekly visits to the chiropractor were not giving me the results that I needed.
I realized during that first month that our physical body stores emotions.
So how do I know this?
This has been studied in eastern medicines for centuries.
I do not want to get too scientific about things, so I will just speak from my own experience.
How I Know:
In order to fix my back, I had to train daily and actually breathe while I stretched.
With each exhale I could go deeper and deeper into a pose.
While this was happening, there was a process occurring in my mind.
A voice emerged out of nowhere, and assumed that he owns the place.
The voice starts by deciding how many more breathes we are going to hold the pose for.
But when I ignored the voice, and continue breathing beyond the limitation, the voice redirected my thoughts to a number of distractions.
It sounded like:
“oo ooo oo, I should bake some potatoes after class . . . yeah, I like potatoes”,
“alright, your going to go home, finish your homework, brush your teeth, and DON’T FORGET TO TURN IT IN . . . and that's all your going to do — “
I prayed that the voice did not remind me about . . .
“That was so embarrassing when you tripped on the curb and you pretended like no one saw you today.”
But once I let go of these distractions and focused on the stretch, the voice came direct.
“You’re wasting your time.”
“You look ridiculous.”
“Well well well — you ripped your pants again.”
(I ripped all but one of my pairs of boxers during that month).
Finally, when all of this noise has dissipated, that is when I begin to feel.
I feel pain, but I keep pushing myself.
I get anxious, and want to stop, but I let my anxiety go.
I want to be there already, and I remember that I am still here.
Then . . . something amazing happens.
After 2.5 to 3 minutes of breathing and stretching, the deep tissue releases.
It is kinda like butter on a summer day.
The body melts and surrenders to the pose.
Think of each muscle fiber as a hot dog.
The deep tissue is the plastic package holding all the hotdogs together.
When most people stretch, they do not breathe, and they only get a superficial stretch.
The muscle lengthens, then it tightens right back up.
It is confined by the wrapping.
But when breathing and patience are involved, the pose will penetrate deeper.
It pierces through subconscious walls, and imaginary sentinels.
It draws out the trauma, accident, or memory that caused the tension in the first place.
All of these emotions can be released, but only through practice.
The average person will quit before they get half way there.
As one of the people standing on the other side, seeing how most people are holding onto an arrow shot through their heart, I can say with confidence:
“Yoga calms the fluctuations of the mind” — Patanjali.
It banishes weakness from the will.
Practice soothes insecurities.
You can exhale your problems without speaking.
Anger is poison, and heartfelt laughter is the antidote.
To heal thy self, we have to be healthy.
The body has the tendency to hang on to emotions that we choose to forget.
They reside deep in out subconscious body.
When we put ourselves in an uncomfortable situation, the emotions get stirred up.
It takes a lot of effort to let this go, and to actually stretch the body.
Many people do not have the will to work through this alone, so they take medications, ignore their emotions, or numb themselves to their pain.
But for the wise, there is an alternative to all of this.
Thai Yoga Massage.
The “lazy man’s yoga” that requires no effort.
One person does the stretching, the other just relaxes.
We can work this out together.