Here are some things students have said to me this week:
“I’m ashamed that I still feel resentment towards my ex-partner. That’s not very yogic, is it?”
“Anger is corrosive. It keeps bubbling up and I hate myself for it.”
“ I’m a yoga teacher but I hate my body. I’m such a fraud.”
At the heart of these statements lies the conviction that feeling anger, resentment, disgust and any other ‘negative’ emotion is a bad thing. It’s un-yogic. Where did so many of us get that idea? How did we come to believe that being a yoga practitioner means vanquishing all emotions except that elusive ‘bliss’ state that we see in the dreamy expressions of Instagram yogis meditating on the beach?