I cried in camel pose.
I attended a live music holiday vinyasa flow class at the yoga studio I work at a couple weeks ago. It was ah-may-zing.
Flowing to the sounds of live acoustic guitars is something everyone should do at least once in their lives.
With vinyasa style classes there is always a build up to the climatic pose or "peak posture". For this particular class it was an intense hip opener. I did it! I was fine.
We then began to "come back down" and started slowing class down with a series of back bends. Camel being one of them.
What most know about camel pose is that it's also an intense heart opener. They say this is one pose that you're the most vulnerable in because you're opening up something that we often protect...your heart.
An emotional posture, if you will. It's said to bring deep issues to the surface. Whatever you're suppressing comes out in this pose.
As I reached back and grabbed the back of my ankles, tilted my head back, gently pushed my hips forward, and fully embraced this backbend/heart opener I felt something start to build up. Literally.
WTF! Am I exhausted? I tried to fight it at first then just accepted it. The emotion. I was crying. Tears built up in my eyes. I then came out of it rested in child's pose and we made our way to savasana.
I think it was just a lot of built up emotion, stress from the week, with the combination of just letting go. Freeing myself. I literally felt a release and it was amazing. And I enjoyed savasana that much more:)