Yes, this has happened to me, although lately, I have been doing my sweating... getting rid of toxins, I am sure. All of the comments so far are right on about why this happens and that it is not that unusual. In fact, I think it means your body is letting the yoga do its job. Both my best yoga teacher and my therapist have said, "The issues are in the tissues." My therapist added that the tissues don't know time...so a memory or event feels contemporary to your body. BTW, not surprising to happen during hip openers... most women store their stress in their hips.
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Yes, this has been happening to me since my return to yoga about 6 months ago. It happened several times at the start of my return and lately it started again, coinciding when very old and difficult memories have been surfacing in my life off the mat. It feels so powerful. I started a thread on this team called, "Memories Stored in the Body": www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes sa geboard_thread.asp?board=0x13x45202304 The book which I quote from is really great. It is being found that healing trauma through the body is incredibly effective. It's amazing stuff. I'm culturally led to believe emotions, memory and the body are two very disparate things. Oh no. Pretty extraordinary stuff this yoga is.
It's a fairly common experience - strange, sometimes, that the tears flow sometimes on their own, without any specific memory or even any feelings of sadness, anger, or other strong emotions. Of course, sometimes a memory comes too... often just a release of pent-up energy, as suggested, and sometimes a signpost to some emotional work that needs to be done... There are some marvelous Transpersonal Psychologists that understand these sorts of issues, if you feel you would like some help processing... Best wishes to you!
Yes, it has happened to me and I've seen it happen to my friend, too. I feel like we often walk around with pent up emotions which makes tension in our muscles and causes us to be tight both physically and emotionally, and when that tension is let go by yoga...or massage (my brother in law has cried during a massage!), it can release the floodgates!
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Hello everyone! During my yoga class today, I cried. I had just finished doing a back bend and the class was getting ready to go into shoulder stands. I could not start the pose because I was on the verge of tears. So I just laid there, put my feet against the wall and let the tears flow. This happened to me at the class before, also. I had a good workout and when we were all in Savasana, the tears started to flow down my cheeks. I have been practicing yoga for years and these are the only two times this has happened. The instructor saw me and assured me that this was normal. I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience.
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