Have you ever felt the pain of old wounds come up at random times? Like suddenly you’re struck with a thought or memory that leaves you feeling down in the dumps. You thought you moved past that breakup, fight, embarrassing moment, or [insert crappy situation] years ago.
But for some reason it still hurts.
In yoga, we call this samskara. The word samskara comes from the Sanskrit sam (complete or joined together) and kara (action, cause, or doing). Sometimes samskara catches up with you. Old scars and memories build up in your body. The best thing you can do is stay present with the sensation and move through it.
Dedicate time to hamstring and hip openers. Samskara is often stored in these tight, tense places. Notice feelings as they come up. Breathe through it. Know that every part of you is divine. Even if it doesn’t seem like it.
The more you come to your mat, the easier it is accept your samskara and let it go. A big part of your practice is learning to deal with your past in healthy, positive ways.