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Anger and Yoga: Interview with Dr. Lynn Somerstein

A Cool Corner by Clara SouthernNina: Thanks so much, Lynn, for the interrogations you did with me about yoga and recession and yoga and tension. Today I’d love to hear your thoughts about anger. From your perspective, what is anger and what causes it? Lynn: I am an anger expert. I grew up with people who were angry all the time and whose retaliatory frenzy generated me to hide my annoyed feelings. Squelching my exasperation both from myself and from my family was my self-defense , not health, but the most wonderful I could do at the time. I was often depressed growing up.Later, when I lives on my own, stored-up rage streamed out of me and I could be destructive to myself and to others. After each of my fits of rampage I felt ashamed and happy, until the next thing procreated me mad. It took a long time to stop blowing up.There are so many intellects to lose your temper. Anger can be a defense against fear. Stressors, such as work, category concerns, monetary problems, alcoholism, and depression, ignite flareups. Hurt feelings can cause rageful reactions. Or, you could react to something apparently trivial–someone gets in your direction as you walk along a course, for example–and that links up with an unconscious problem.Rage is rajasic, a primal vigor that fuels anger but is likely to be tempered and used for growth. The capability of my exasperation felt stupendous and unmanageable, but a growing awareness of connections to other people was the key to self-control. I’m still working on it.Nina: Do people tend to experience more anger in times of change? If so, why? And are you finding levels of anger to be particularly high for beings dealing here with the COVID-1 9 pandemic? Lynn: Our recognitions of the course things were seem like a dream, and the present world is unrecognizable. Our means and hopes are scattered like beach to the winds. The future we had foresaw has disappeared, moving us feel scared, chiselled, bewildered, and enraged as we fight against an invisible and ruthless enemy. Covid-1 9 has one goal only, which is to survive, and that survival sickens and kills human being. Pandemics follow their own laws.Those who can accept that we’re in a different time, a war-like time, are better able to handle the fallout. Others try to fight it, and they get very angry. The instances of child and spousal abuse are quite high these days, as we are locked in together and making that anger out on ourselves and on one another.Nina: What are some of the problems caused by being routinely exasperated? Lynn: People who are frequently angry lose their good judgement and loosen their connections with life. They are rageful, exasperated, and unable to participate in deep affairs, blind to the evanescence of being. Love and allure disappear. Tenderness is replaced with sadism.Nina: Are there other emotions, such as resentment and jealousy, that we should consider as forms of anger and which should be approached in the same general room? Lynn: Resentment and jealousy are two different but related forms of anger.Resentment can be an outgrowth of anger. Person A feels “I was supposed to get that, and B took it away.” A feels irritable and bitter.Jealousy is a bit more complicated because it is a three-person interaction. Let’s say A beloveds B, and B compassions A, until C comes along and steals B’s desires. Now B and C are together. A is alone, hurt, enraged, and jealous.Resentment can become characterological and motive chronic bitterness. Jealousy’s lack of trust in the other avoids the full development of relationships. In either subject these feelings prepare communications hard to achieve and maintain. Awareness and following of the feelings is the first step towards dealing with them. Sit with them humbly and tell them stew and look what narrations might come up. These tales are yours to accept and perhaps revise for the future. Consider changing the plot.Nina: In general, how can yoga help people who are feeling a lot of anger and/ or referred excitements? Lynn: Yoga brings you closer to your person, feelings, and thoughts. Thich Nhat Hanh said it best, “Breathing in, I know I am angry. Breathing out, I is a well-known fact that the fury is in me.” The first step is to recognize and befriend your feelings, and then ask yourself why and how you are angry. Know that you are human, and the person you’re angry with is human, extremely. Anger is the connection between you.Nina: What are some specific yoga practices and/ or poses that you recommend or suggest for cooling these fiery passions? Lynn: Let’s start with the basic breath. Follow the breath, make long, deep, gradual wheezes. That will help control anger’s fierce rajasic energy and lead to self-knowledge.There are many physical rules that are allaying, such as the three-part breath( Deerga Swassam ), an Integral Yoga favorite. Breath of Fire( Kapalabhati ), a sanctify sigh, can exhaust fury. Twisting poses can help, more, as can restorative yoga cycles. One of my favourites restorative constitutes is Supta Baddha Konasana( Reclined Bound Angle pose ). To do this pose, lie on your back, palms face up near your person, and generating the ends of your paw to touch. Prop your knees with blankets or yoga blocks. You might target a rolled-up blanket under your back, beneath the bottom of your shoulder blades, where they meet the middle back. Close your eyes, lie still, and breathe.Nina: Are there any yoga practices and/ or poses that people who are feeling temper and/ or related excitements should eschew? Lynn: If you find that a particular style of practise tends your temper far removed from it. This, of course, is an individual matter. Remember, let your body do your yoga, don’t force your mas into what is depicted as the ideal yoga pose. There is no such thing.Nina: Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers about this subject? Lynn: Neither utter nor quashing feeling lead to a positive outcome. Instead, feel in your organization and your soul what you are about, and where your spirit leads. Lynn Anjali Somerstein, PhD, NCPsyA, LP, RYT, is a licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist in private practice, specializing in anxiety, feeling and PTSD. She is also the author of several sections about yoga, tension, feeling issues and psychotherapy. Lynn is grateful to her countless schoolteachers at the Integral Yoga Institute and the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis who offered her thorough and deep training in yoga, yoga regiman, and psychoanalysis. See for further information concerning Lynn.

This post primarily appeared on the Accessible Yoga Blog.

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