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3/20/12 8:40 P

Yoga and massage can both lead to a kind of release that can make you cry (or get very cold suddenly, or shake uncontrollably for a short period of time). I don't know enough about the technical terms to explain it well but I do know that it's extremely common, and from everything I've read and heard, it means good things are happening internally (stress is being relieved, you're letting go of bottled up tension and/or unresolved issues...depending on how you look at it). And what your instructor said is true, it happens fairly often and it's nothing to be self conscious about.

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3/20/12 4:39 P

I cried at a bootcamp a few weeks ago just because I was happy that I was doing well. I've been in a long recovery process from major shoulder surgery. I think sometimes that is just a normal expression and release of feelings. I've never cried in yoga but I have almost fallen asleep and other times I've felt a complete rush of peace.

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3/20/12 4:08 P

Sleeping is good! I had a friend who was widowed at an early age with 4 little boys. She took on a full time job to support them all. When she went to her yoga class, she would start out with good intentions, but end up falling asleep from exhaustion. At the end of the class, she would wake up, roll up her mat and leave. The next class she would come and do it all over again. The instructor was happy that she had a place where she could get have some much needed rest. emoticon

Edited by: MAUREENIE1 at: 3/20/2012 (16:09)
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3/20/12 3:48 P

Hey, Maureen !

Well, I haven't cried during a yoga class, but to be honest... I've almost fallen asleep during shavasana. eh-hem. I know I'm supposed to listen to my breathing and clear my mind, but some times I still drift. And the next thing you know, I'm drifting off to sleep.


CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,912
3/20/12 3:39 P

A lot of people get emotional during exercise, whether it's yoga or some other type of activity. I agree that it is normal and it's nothing you should feel bad about.

MAUREENIE1 Posts: 498
3/20/12 3:21 P

Hello everyone! During my yoga class today, I cried. I had just finished doing a back bend and the class was getting ready to go into shoulder stands. I could not start the pose because I was on the verge of tears. So I just laid there, put my feet against the wall and let the tears flow. This happened to me at the class before, also. I had a good workout and when we were all in Savasana, the tears started to flow down my cheeks. I have been practicing yoga for years and these are the only two times this has happened. The instructor saw me and assured me that this was normal. I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience. emoticon

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