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Yoga for Emotional Turmoil

yoga for emotional turmoilBy Avalon Hicks, Faye Martins, and Bhavan Kumar

Emotional turmoil preys on your mind constantly, even if it is not in the forefront. Even if you put aside all the worries you currently have out of your active conscious thought, the pressure they present to your mind and body is still there. It can create many issues, from lack of focus to depression. If it is something active you are dealing with, it can make it so that everything you try to do becomes overwhelming, or you have difficulty getting even the smallest thing done. This adds more pressure to both the mind and the body.


Risk Factors for Emotional Distress

There are many risk factors for developing emotional distress. Some of these include:

1. Having a history of trauma or abuse

2. Going through a major life stressor, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss

3. Having a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder

4. Abusing substances

5. having a chronic medical condition

If you are experiencing any of these risk factors, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. They can assist you in developing healthy coping strategies to deal with your distress. Additionally, practicing yoga and meditation can help manage your emotions.


Ten Signs of Emotional Turmoil

When it comes to emotional turmoil, it is important to recognize the warning signs to deal with the situation. Some common warning signs of emotional distress include:

1. Feeling overwhelmed or hopeless Increased

2. Anxiety or panic attacks

3. Persistent sadness or low mood social withdrawal

4. Sleep problems (insomnia or excessive sleeping)

5. Poor concentration or memory

6. Loss of interest in activities that used to bring joy

7. Changes in appetite or eating habits

8. Problems with alcohol or drug use

9. Unexplained aches and pains

10. Thoughts of self-harm or suicide.


Counseling is a Priority

Yoga is a good adjunct therapy – Not a cure or replacement for professional counseling. Yoga is often taught and recommended as a form of stress relief, and for a good reason. It can help to calm the mind and body and provides a space for self-reflection and self-care. However, yoga is not a cure for emotional distress nor a replacement for professional counseling. If you are experiencing emotional distress, it is important to seek professional help in addition to practicing yoga. Yoga can be a helpful tool for managing stress and promoting relaxation, but it should not be used as a substitute for professional counseling or therapy.

Balancing the Elements of Yoga

Yoga is a great way to help relieve emotional turmoil or deal with it if it is currently happening. Firstly, Yoga is more than just a physical way to move your body and gain flexibility. Secondly, Yoga is more than a spiritual practice. Thirdly, it is more than a mental discipline. Fourthly, Yoga combines all three elements, the body, the mind, and the spirit. Additionally, It works to bring these elements into balance.



The first step is to relax the body. When your body is tense, everything is harder. It is hard to deal with emotions and harder to do even the daily tasks of life and work. This, in turn, makes everything that much harder; however, the movements in Yoga help to stretch the muscles and loosen them. As muscles loosen, tension is released. Once your body starts to relax, you can use both the moments and the breathing techniques to help expel that tension from the body.

Relaxation Step One

When you’re feeling emotional distress, it can be difficult to relax. Your mind is racing, and your body may feel tense. Yoga can help you release the built-up tension in your body and mind. Start by finding a comfortable place to practice. If you can, practice in a quiet room with soft lighting.


Relaxation Step Two

You may want to practice on a yoga mat or blanket. Allow your body to sink into the ground and breathe deeply. As you inhale, imagine the breath going down to your pelvis. As you exhale, release any tension in your body. Focus on each part of your body and see if there’s any tension. If you find any areas of tension, breathe into that area and see if you can release it.

Relaxation Step Three

Once you’ve released the tension in your body, turn your attention inward. Listen to the silence that surrounds you and focus on your breath. Breathe deeply and evenly. Let go of any thoughts that come into your mind. Don’t judge or analyze them; just let them go. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breath. Stay here for as long as you like. When you’re ready to finish, slowly roll onto your side and take a few deep breaths before getting up.



Once the pressure is off the mind, the movements and breathing of Yoga are designed to help structure thoughts and allow you to slow your mind down. This allows you to process what is happening. It can give you the calm center necessary to deal with any tragedy. There is also a spiritual component that has nothing to do with religion. Spirit is important; it helps you with your ability to deal with things. A strong spirit can face difficult situations with strength. Yoga helps you to rediscover this spirit and awaken it within yourself.


It gives you a chance to remind yourself that you are a strong person or discover you can deal with whatever life sends your way. You do not have to become trapped by your emotional turmoil. Yoga can help you gain the perspective you need to place your emotions in perspective and handle whatever situation has caused the emotional upset currently creating havoc with your life.



There are many solutions and self-discoveries to be found in yoga. For example, if you’re feeling stressed, yoga can help you learn how to relax and let go of tension. Yoga can help you find nonviolent solutions to conflict if you’re feeling angry. As a result, yoga can help you connect with your inner strength when feeling sad. In turn, this enables you to find compassion for yourself. Yoga is a practice that helps us become more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It gives us time to slow down, reflect, and connect with our true selves.


As we become more aware of ourselves, we can start to make positive changes in our lives. We can better deal with stress, anger, and sadness. We can find new ways to relate to the people and world around us. Yoga provides a supportive environment for self-discovery. In a yoga class, you’ll be surrounded by people who are also on a journey of self-discovery. You’ll be guided by a teacher dedicated to helping you grow and develop in your practice. Of course, you’ll be able to explore your emotions and experiences safely and in a non-judgmental space.


Time for Practice

You may think that you do not have the time to do Yoga. Yet, you are already dealing with an emotional crisis and everything it brings. However, you may feel that adding one more thing to your schedule may be too much. If you cannot attend classes, consider watching a video; many are available online and can provide a great starting point. However, if you do not have time for the entire process, start with the breathing exercises.

Breathing Exercises

The breathing exercises are an integral part of Yoga. It is one part of Yoga that can be done anywhere you are and no matter what you are doing. You will find that once you have the breathing down, you will start to feel better and deal with things better. Eventually, you will find that you can easily add Yoga to your daily routine to help calm emotional distress.


Walking Meditation

When starting your walking meditation journey, it can be difficult to find the right path. Walking meditation is an excellent solution for emotional turmoil because it lets you control your thoughts and emotions. Walking meditation aims to focus your attention on the present moment and become aware of your surroundings. It is important to choose a route that is safe and comfortable for you. Once you have found a comfortable place to walk, start focusing on your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. As you walk, pay attention to the sensations in your body and the movement of your feet. Allow your mind to wander, but if you find yourself getting lost in thought, bring your focus back to your breath. Walking meditation can be a great way to de-stress and find peace of mind.

Yoga Poses Before or After Walking

Yoga poses can help to release emotional distress and tension from the body. When we practice yoga poses, we are lengthening and opening up the muscles, which helps to release any tightness or pain that may be held in the body. This can help improve our overall circulation and allow us to be a more comfortable walking meditation. In addition, practicing yoga poses can help to focus the mind and bring us into the present moment. When we are focused on our breath and the movement of our bodies, we are less likely to be caught up in thoughts of past or future events that may be causing us stress. This can help us to feel calmer and centered, which is ideal for walking meditation.



Challenging Situations

Almost everyone experiences emotional turmoil at some point in their lives. Situations that cause deep emotional distress can include the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, or any other major life event. While feeling upset in these situations is normal, finding healthy ways to cope with your emotions is essential. Yoga is one option that can help you manage your emotions and find inner peace. Yoga can help you cope with emotions in a variety of ways. First, it can help you relax your body and mind. Second, this can be especially helpful if you feel overwhelmed or stressed. Third, Yoga can also help you focus on the present moment, which can be a welcome respite from anxious thoughts about the past or future. Finally, yoga can help you connect with your inner wisdom and intuition, which can guide you through difficult times.

Emotions and Decisions

If you’re interested in using yoga to deal with emotional turmoil, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, choose a style of yoga that feels good to you. There’s no wrong way to do yoga, so find a class or instructor that suits your needs and interests. Second, don’t be afraid to express your emotions during yoga class. It’s okay to cry or feel angry during yoga; in fact, the release of these emotions can be very empowering. Finally, remember that yoga is just one tool for dealing with difficult emotions. Don’t hesitate to seek professional counseling if you are overwhelmed or need help.


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6 thoughts on “Yoga for Emotional Turmoil”

  1. Practicing yoga helps to stretch the muscles and loosen them and it helps for releasing tension. Breathing techniques also help to expel tension from the body.
    So it can be say yoga is very effective for emotional turmoil. Thanks

  2. Yoga is a great way to help get over emotional turmoil. This really worked for me..a breathing technique helps me calm and relax my mind…Thanks for posting this. 🙂

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