It’s Okay to Cry During Relaxation

Shavasana
The yoga or BodyBalance class is coming to an end, and we’re all ready to lie down and chill out in a wonderful relaxation. The teacher dims the lights, turns up the soothing music, and helps all the muscles relax.

While in this pose, I start to feel great emotion, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and often times I cry. I have always been very in tune with emotions, but this, this is a bit much. Crying on the floor really isn’t a good look, is it?

I started to really ponder—why do yogis sometimes cry during Savasana? Is it normal? As I wondered and reflected, I was able to come up with some ideas as to why this may happen for yogis, and how ok it is for crying to happen during this pose.

1. Everyone experiences some sort of stress during the day, whether it’s work, driving, family, friends—the list can go on and on.

There’s even times when our mind is in a constant state of chaos (when we can’t slow down, our thoughts are racing, and we’re 10 steps ahead of where we should be). In Savasana, it’s a final relaxation. The brain is slow, and we’re just still. Let the emotions roll.

2. Throughout the day, we have no time to really let our emotions get the best of us.

Perhaps there’s a stressor or a worry, or even a feeling of gratefulness we’ve been nursing that amidst the day’s chaos couldn’t be released. Savasana is a great time to release everything we have pent up.

3. Savasana lets us feel more connected to our very own self.

It’s quiet, and you have nothing and no one else to think about except, well, you. And you should have an emotional relationship with yourself. Love yourself and be proud of yourself and your practice. You let all these emotions come together in Savasana, and if that makes you tear up, well why not?

4. You’re completely relaxed and grateful.

Yoga class has ended and your endorphins are screaming YES to the practice you just had. Your body is a complex temple filled with lots of chemicals. Endorphins are a big factor in regulating your brain mood. Those killer poses you pulled get all those chemicals interacting, producing loads of happiness.

It’s ok to tear up—you’re happy!

So the next time you’re in Savasana and you feel a little water works coming on, just let it flow, baby. You’ve earned it, you deserve it, and you’re entitled to it.

by Denise Casagrande – Denise is a practicing yogi who lives in Manasquan NJ, who enjoys all things positive and free. Through yoga and meditation, she has found a new outlook on life, and is enjoying every second of it. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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