Insight #1: Visit, don't linger!

There is a myth that is pervasive in the Yoga and Psychiatric community.  Well, maybe not a myth, but a misconception.  

Often in the process of one’s Yoga practice feelings will arise.  The traditional Yoga and Psychiatric philosophy is this:  

“If you fully feel an old feeling, it will go away.”  

And yes, I guess that is true for SOME feelings.

But is it good for the big EVIL feelings, the Grand-Daddy Whoppers which have been lost somewhere (for good reason) in your unconscious?   

I think not.

When I first started to feel “stuff” during my Yoga practice, I dove in deeper, in a passionate quest to discover what was going on in me.  I became obsessed with trying to figure it out.   It was fascinating, scary, almost fun.

As I confronted and felt the forgotten land mines hidden deep in my body and my mind, they didn’t go away.  They exploded.  Became bigger.  They traumatized my nervous system.  

I actually traumatized my nervous system.

I wish I could blame Yoga or the Psychiatric Community or the Grand-Daddy Whoppers from my past.  But I can’t.  I created The People in my Hips.  I time-traveled them from my forgotten past to the present in my quest to discover and to feel.

And now years later, believe it or not , I am thankful that was my path.  I have grown so because of my experience with the PEEPS.

But to be truthful, if I had a choice now, I would RUN from that path!


My advice to individuals practicing Yoga who feel intense feelings is this:

If it goes away in 30 seconds - GREAT!  

If it doesn’t go away, GET OUT OF IT.

MOVE OUT of the Asana/posture, STOP the breathing practice, even GET OUT of the Yoga studio!

Walk, move, do something else.  Eat ice cream, or pet a cat.

But, break the feeling after 30 seconds.  Trust me.

And then, next time when it appears, stay for 30 seconds, and break it again.  

Breathe.  Relax.


Visit, but don’t linger.  

It is a much more elegant way to release that mess.


Often Grand-Daddy Whoppers in Yoga are like a snowball rolling down a snow-covered hill.  The more you roll with them, give into their momentum, the bigger they become.

Make Yoga Snow Angels instead. 

Ken WolfComment