You are quiet. The room is dimly lit. A light blanket envelopes you, cozy comfort. A soft soft voice is whispering tranquil thoughts. And you feel the tears start to sting your eyes. Panic ensues. You are going to cry--here--among all these people in the yoga studio.
Guess what? You are perfectly normal. There are times when your yoga practice will clear enough inner-space to let your mind process deep, maybe even buried emotions.
Crying is nature’s tried and true stress relief method. You may feel a little drained after such an event but generally after ‘a good cry’ you will feel better. There are scientific studies that show a release of hormones and proteins (associated with stress) in the tears that are shed during this emotional release. The release of these hormones/proteins helps the body to return to a homeostatic state. These studies also indicate that stifling your emotional tears can contribute to an elevated risk of hypertension and heart attack.
Of course, there is a balance to be attained. If you are crying all the time, you should probably seek out professional counsel. Excessive crying is associated with a number of conditions ranging from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and is to be taken seriously.
So, keeping balance in mind, let the tears come out. It is just another layer of your body-mind-soul connection being revealed and repaired. But also remember-- to let the light of love and gratitude shine back in.
This week's mantra: My mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil. Suggested video/song to enjoy:
Namaste,Kerry. Alia Hoyt,"How Crying Works" 2 July 2008.HowStuffWorks.com.<https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/crying.htm> 21 October 2017. WebMDhttps://symptomchecker.webmd.com/multiple-symptoms?symptoms=excessive-crying&symptomids=400&locations=66 This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read here.