Tension, we live with it like an annoying friend. It’s created by the mind but shows up in the body in the form of tightness in areas like neck and shoulders, chest and pelvis.
Where do you hold tension? Think of what normally creates it and where you hold that stress. Tension is another name for body stress and often a result of the ‘flight or fight’ response triggered in your ‘reptilian’ brain, which means we are often permanently ready for action even if we are on our Yoga mat trying to relax.
Doing Yoga doesn’t guarantee a tension free body at the end of your class. It needs to be unlearned if that makes sense.
The first few years of my own Yoga practise didn’t decrease my tension spots especially in my neck and shoulders. I found they were often just as tense at the end of the class as they were when I arrived on my mat, until I discovered the benefit of pause and space before I practised. It was a revelation as I gave myself permission to slow right down. Simple but so effective!
Tension doesn’t start or end in the body first, it’s always mind initiated.
So when you next do Yoga try these tension free steps:
Gina lives in Surrey UK and is a Yoga teacher, relationship coach and therapist. She teaches people the art of self preservation by helping people have better relationships with their body and other people. The key to life is relationship with everything and that starts with awareness of self. Her motto for life is: Live, Learn, Love, Pay it Forward.