Sweet Sweet Emotional Release

It happens.  Once in a while, in yoga class, there is a glorious moment of emotional release when the floodgates open and the tears rush through.  It seems to happen out of nowhere, a certain movement, a particularly insightful comment from the teacher, a powerful adjustment, something is accessed on a deeper level that allows pent up sentiment to rise to the surface and release.  And for those of us that have experienced it, when it happens for someone else, we are happy for their tears, because we know a divine discovery or a glorious blossoming is about to take place.

This hadn’t happened for me in a very long time.  In fact, it was starting to feel foreign.  Students often express to me that they are able to access deep wells of emotion during class, which thrills me of course, yet I was losing my ability to relate to it.  Class had become very heady for me.  Deep internal focus yes, speaking to layers of musculature I hadn’t previously been able to converse with, massive physical transformations taking place.  Beautiful and uplifting, but still, lots of holding on and holding back.

Then, I got sick.  Last week, I was struck down with an awful cold that left me totally sapped of energy.  On the fifth morning, I hauled myself to class (The Thinking Body, The Feeling Mind, with my mentor Dr. Linda Lack), hoping that moving my limbs would counter the feeling of stagnation and allow healing energy to flow freely throughout my body.  When I got on my mat though, I felt more exhausted than ever, and very aware that I was in no way feeling better.  My teacher, of course, knew I wasn’t well, and wanted me to be mindful and take it easy.  To help me find a safe place for my practice, she said something along the lines of, “Imagine you are moving through water.  Feel the support of that around you.”

That was it.  Those words struck a chord and the tears started rolling.  Gentle tears, not sobbing, just a subtle dam break that allowed some of what was held inside to let go.  It was the idea of being supported, and recognizing that yes, I am supported, and it’s ok to be vulnerable.  That’s the beauty of going to a class that cares for your body, with a teacher that knows you intimately.  You find a space to explore not only the layers of your physicality, but also of your emotional body.  Being sick removed my own personal pressure to push myself deeper physically, and allowed for the vulnerability to be emotional, to not be “perfect.”  It showed me how much pressure I’ve been putting on myself lately, and how much that has been weighing on me physically and disrupting my productivity.

I came up with a mantra right then that I’d like to share with you and give you free license to use it whenever and as often as you see fit!  I am kicking ass!  I am doing enough.  I am enough.  Time is on my side.

CALL TO ACTION:  If you are feeling pressured, spent, pent up, stressed…say the mantra!  Find your own emotional release in class or with a  Thai Yoga Massage!  Please share below any thoughts, reactions, or experiences you’ve had with emotional release in yoga or elsewhere.



Dreams Unfolding: A Yoga Teaching Manifesto

My new space.

What is going on at Be Open Yoga??

I am writing this because I believe passionately in what I am doing over at Mind in Body and want to get you in on the magic.  Last month, I took a big leap, and signed a lease to share a beautiful little studio space in Burbank, with the ever-fabulous Molly Hagan of Mind in Body.  I took that leap for a number of reasons:

  • The space is divine! It’s intimate, and has a very gentle and bright energy.  Natural sunlight, soft colors, extremely peaceful and welcoming.  I felt good about it the first day I walked in.
  • Molly is a gem!  If you’re going to do something like this, you better like who you share the space with, and I couldn’t ask for a more generous, thoughtful, and collaborative partner.  I also happen to think she’s an incredibly talented and intuitive teacher.  We work well together.
  • I want to continue to cultivate personal relationships with my students while teaching what is most closely aligned with my heart.  The classes here will be small (10 is great, 15 is packed), so it’s a great space for getting to know what’s going on with my students’ bodies.  Also, as with all of my classes, what I offer will always be a unique blend of yoga styles that foster strength, flexibility, alignment, meditation, healing, and personal growth.
  • It’s ideal for Private Yoga Sessions and Thai Yoga Massage.  For over a year now I’ve been operating my Thai Yoga Massage business out of my apartment, which worked, but made it difficult for me to extend the reach of this magnificently healing art form.  This space is small enough that Private Yoga Sessions and Thai Yoga Massage sessions will still be intimate, but in a more spacious and professional setting than my living room.
  • This is my dream!!  When envisioning the direction I wanted to head in for my yoga and Thai Yoga Massage business, I literally had the thought, “I want a space like Molly’s.”  Somewhere to call my own, that was just the right size for small group classes and one-on-one work.  Then voila!  The space was ready, so I knew I had to be too.

Here’s what you can find there:

  • Fantastic Group Classes that are uncompetitive, supportive, challenging when necessary, and healing in just the ways you need your yoga practice to be for you.  I believe in growth through mindfulness and Ahimsa, non-harm.  My classes are a reflection of that philosophy.  For my teaching schedule at Mind in Body, please see: http://www.sashamariestone.com/be_open_yoga/Yoga.html
  • Private Yoga Sessions: There is no better way to advance your practice and get to the heart of chronic pain, persistent injuries, and other body frustrations than with private one-on-one sessions.  As I’ve experienced with my students, and with my teacher, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience that connects you with the mechanics of your body and the guiding forces behind it.  To book a session, please email: sasha@sashamariestone.com
  • Thai Yoga Massage: An incredibly nurturing and healing experience.  You simply must try it to know how wonderfully transformative it can be.  For more info: http://www.sashamariestone.com/be_open_yoga/Thai_Yoga_Massage.html

I look forward to welcoming you to my new space.