Why are you mad? Probably the last question you want to be asked when you’re angry. I’ve created a yoga sequence for you to help you explore your anger while cultivating an attitude of non-violence, or ahimsa, toward yourself and others.
Anger tends to get a really bad rap
The human tendency is to categorize emotions into two distinct groups: the emotions we like, and the emotions we dislike. Anger tends to fall into the latter category for sure. We’ve been conditioned to try and get rid of anger ASAP when we feel it arising. Society and our “feel good, be positive” culture have informed us that anger is bad- if we feel it, we’re in trouble, we’ve been led to believe.
We’ve been burdened with the idea that experiencing anger makes us less evoloved or dangerous, when in fact, it simply makes us human. Because we’ve been told it’s bad to feel this feeling, we’ve learned to distract away from it with alcohol, drugs (whether psychotropic or street), food, work, working out, binge watching t.v., meaningless sexual encounters, you name it. Only problem is that distract away as you might, anger will always come back and usually, much louder than the previous time. If you’ve always distracted away from anger you won’t be equipped to deal with it. And anger can give us a lot of valuable information about ourselves if we take the time to understand it.
Here’s a new yoga practice for you for when you’re feeling angry, frustrated, annoyed or stressed. Oftentimes when we experience anger we react toward ourselves with more anger- this is an act of violence toward oneself and only leads to even more anger!
This practice offers we cultivate an attitude of Ahimsa, or Non-Violence toward ourselves even when we’re experiencing emotions that we don’t like, such as anger.
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I hope you enjoy it. Please “like,” subscribe and share if you are so moved. As Ram Dass eloquently said, “We are all just walking each other home.”
In peace and healing. Namaste.