Resentment, Yoga for Emotional Balance, Yoga with Melissa 397

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If you haven’t done the first two class in this series 391, 392, go back and start there. Those classes are foundational for this series.

Resentment is a natural and healthy emotion. It is defined as a bitter indignation at having been treated unfairly. Just like the other emotions we have opened to experience, we can open to the emotion of resentment. Resentment is not good or bad, it is simply an expression of energy. When we open to the free-flowing quality of resentment we can attend to its energetic nuances in our minds and bodies.

Resentment is a powerful internal reaction to feeling that we have been treated unfairly, judged or wronged in some way. The internal sensation grows more solid and secure the more we try to turn away from it. The emotion is a strong one that we feel intensely and deeply when people do not behave the way that we wish them to or a situation has not unfolded the way we expected it to.

Resentment is an emotion that we hold in isolation, personally and privately. It causes a lot of pain internally. Often we are taught it is unacceptable to express our pain, frustration, hurt, anger and disappointment even towards ourselves and so we hold it within our bodies. And so we deny our emotions and keep them hidden in our bodies. At the end of the class I will tell you how to get my gift of 3 simple mantras for releasing resentment and expressing your emotions.

This series on emotional balance is about opening to our full spectrum of emotions, including resentment and allowing their expression, especially to ourselves. We can allow ourselves a full range of emotional expression. We can let go of control, release all those emotions we have denied expression that have been so deeply held within our bodies.

Yoga Asanas/Postures: Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclined Bound Angle Pose, Windshield Wiper Legs, Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Frog Pose or Mandukasana, Half Frog Pose or Ardha Mandukasana, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Goddess Victory Squat or Utkata Konasana, Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana, Baddha Konasana or Bound Angle Pose, Wide Legged Seated Forward Fold or Upavista Konasana, Wide Legged Child’s Pose or Balasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Mudra for Emotional Balance

Thank you so much for your donations Peige from Italy and Carla from Belgium

At the beginning I told you I would let you know how to receive 3 simple mantras for releasing resentment and expressing your emotions.

Props: Bolster, 2 blocks


If you are looking for a way to move beyond resentment then I highly recommend our forgiveness series in our membership community. This is a 5 class series. We will begin with a lecture to give an overview of what forgiveness is and is not. We will then turn to three yoga classes. First a yoga class to soften your heart, then a yoga class to let go and finally a yoga class to cultivate the courage required to offer forgiveness to yourself and others. The series ends with a meditation to offer forgiveness to yourself and others.

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