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My mother gets very positive benefits from yoga, so I began attending her classes with her. Instead of feeling energetic release or peace of mind, I found myself in great physical and mental pain. I don’t understand what’s happening to me or why. It is not muscle soreness from the strain of the task; I am familiar with different work-out regimines and this pain is nothing like it. I feel less at ease, more irritable, and uncertain of myself. My body has a dull ache everywhere, almost like you get when you’re coming down with something. When I skip classes for a week or two, all returns to normal, but as soon as I go back the symptoms come back. I should add I have done self-guided yoga at home with general success, which is why I found it bizarre that these classes didn’t go so well.
I’ve ruled out most of the usual reasonsone would feel that way; I’m not allergic to anything in the room, I have nothing against the instructor, I am drinking water before and eating lightly after the practices, etc. Does anyone know what could be happening?

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I can share my understanding, I'm not claiming it's the ultimate truth but it's what I believe to be true.
Yoga exercises arise spontaneously after one has awakened to Self (when all feelings of duality are gone). It's not something one can learn from others. The yogic masters would do these exercises spontaneously, one movement may transform something, heal something. Their students thought they should do the same thing and started copying their masters, thinking it was going to make them enlightened, it's a false understanding.

Both my aunt and my mom are yoga teachers in kundalini yoga and I've tried it myself, without much success considering how little patience I have with slow paced activities.(Not that it has anything to do with anything.)My point is that I've had a little bit of experience. The thing with everything that is self healing(As theory,and from own experience and logic, I'm no expert.)is different for everyone, because you are your own person and we all have our own struggles and our own paths to choose.

To explain it further. Every exercise in yoga targets one aspect of the body, mind and spirit, so to say, to help you release negative emotions, or to guide you towards a new path, self cleansing/healing ect.. Perhaps you should get yourself a yoga book, or look for some exercises online you could do on your own that targets your specific needs.

Another reason why you get a negative outcome out of your exercises could be because it's simply your way of getting rid of negative emotions. My mom told me, the first times she tried yoga she had trouble sleeping, had a lot of back pain and felt completely drained. Then it got better with time.

Meditation could be of much help. Speak with your mother about it, ask her for advice. After all, she's the expert. If yoga is negatively affecting you, and giving you great discomfort, you should try to prepare your mind and body before you begin a session. Who knows, you might benefit from it later.

hello,I watched this 2 days ago..when I saw your post I immediately thought I should post it.(The dangers of improper yoga)

https://yogaonline.ning.com/videos/the-dangers-of-improper-yoga-sad...

Oh, thats very good insight to have! Thank you vry much for your input. It’s funny you say that, because I was just describing to a friend that I was frustrated that I got more emotional release and centered energy by stretching in the morning how it felt right to stretch than doing yoga ever did. Perhaps I can meditate and focus on what feels “right” to do. Thanks again!

John Ij said:

I can share my understanding, I'm not claiming it's the ultimate truth but it's what I believe to be true.
Yoga exercises arise spontaneously after one has awakened to Self (when all feelings of duality are gone). It's not something one can learn from others. The yogic masters would do these exercises spontaneously, one movement may transform something, heal something. Their students thought they should do the same thing and started copying their masters, thinking it was going to make them enlightened, it's a false understanding.

Thank you very much! It would make sense that the pain is either a part of the process or a sign I’m doing something incorrectly. I’ll look for more resources and tailor a set of stretches/positions that better suit my needs. Thank you for encouraging me not to quit trying!
My morher told me that I was giving up too soon and just to give it some time. Perhaps she is right!

Mikkel Nordskog said:

The thing with everything that is self healing(As theory,and from own experience and logic, I'm no expert.)is different for everyone, because you are your own person and we all have our own struggles and our own paths to choose.

To explain it further. Every exercise in yoga targets one aspect of the body, mind and spirit, so to say, to help you release negative emotions, or to guide you towards a new path, self cleansing/healing ect.. Perhaps you should get yourself a yoga book, or look for some exercises online you could do on your own that targets your specific needs.

Another reason why you get a negative outcome out of your exercises could be because it's simply your way of getting rid of negative emotions. My mom told me, the first times she tried yoga she had trouble sleeping, had a lot of back pain and felt completely drained. Then it got better with time.

Meditation could be of much help. Speak with your mother about it, ask her for advice. After all, she's the expert. If yoga is negatively affecting you, and giving you great discomfort, you should try to prepare your mind and body before you begin a session. Who knows, you might benefit from it later.

That’s an excellent video, thank you! My question is, is any sort of modification appropriate? Can poses be modified to accomidate certain physical issues, or is it better for an individual to only perform poses they are naturally capable of and not modify those that are out of reach? Are water yoga/other new varieties of yoga completely invalid? Is doing one’s own stretches as part of a yoga cycle unhealthy or toxic? Pardon my questions, I don’t expect all the answers, that video just piqued my curiosity. (:

Dean said:

It's likely energy detox reactions. When negative energies are released through the healing process of some spiritual practices, it can be experienced as unpleasant to a lesser or greater degree. Sometimes profoundly so - physically, mentally, emotionally.

I would advise taking it lighter and easier until you adapt. If you stick it through over the longer term, you may be surprised with newly found clarity and vitality after the storm passes. 

Hello laude.
I hope this msg finds you well.I think if i knew what type of yoga you were doing in this class it would help. It would also help to know what diet you have in general..because these sound like classic detox effects(diet) or it could be that the asanas are not done in balance..for example a back bend must not be followed by another back bend.and 2 twists should not follow each other..etc..so its pretty complex to formulate a routine of postures thats in balance.

It could be that you releasing old emotions and memories..it could also be that you are depressed in general and ofcourse if you do yoga it multiplies itand makes it worse..also you need to take into consideration that physical postures must be accompanied by breathing techniques and then meditation..well thats how it was taught to me..

In yoga you do asanas(postures) first the standing up then working your way down to the ground into sitting positions..then you do breath work, after all that meditation is amplified 10 fold..that is the ancient way:D

These days im not sure what happens in a gym or what not, but this is how it was taught to me. Also the way i was taught is to first sit and do a mantra and OM a few times and a prayer for the practice be giuded from above and to give thanks etc.

Then we begin to watch the breath and become accustomed with external phenomena and accept them as something we have no control over..so its super complex the process..

Gotta make sure its balanced.


Also generally back in old times it was required for one to be instructed in the ways of the mind and its pittfalls so when they occur in the form of mental and emotiona,physical issues we do not become over whelmed..


Dean said:

I hope this msg finds you well.I think if i knew what type of yoga you were doing in this class it would help. It would also help to know what diet you have in general..because these sound like classic detox effects(diet) or it could be that the asanas are not done in balance..for example a back bend must not be followed by another back bend.and 2 twists should not follow each other..


its a fairly basic class, simple hatha that incorporates elements of other styles at times (sometimes a little more rigorous, sometimes very relaxation and breath focused). Your points about the routine are very important and definitely applicable, considering how i have certainly done twists back to back... I'm sure my body is quite confused! thank you so much for your input, dean, it has been great help!!

thank you all for input! i definitely have a lot to experiment with and pay attention to, your support means so much to me.

these days laude most of the attention in "yoga" is given to hatha yoga(physical postures) im sure most really have no idea what yoga really is.. Which is sad because people are generally quick to dismiss it as an excersize ..lol i suppose we have the gym instructors to thank for that confusion..

Hope you have a great day

Hi, I don't want to be a downer. But I have learned that in "some" cases, there can actually be psychic attacks that occur in public Yoga classes. It is good to question the intent behind the class, as well as the intent of others in the room. There could be one single bad person in a room. What can happen is that a person next to you can release their toxic energy, and without understanding how to shield against energy transfer, you can pickup the bad energy and feel the pain and heaviness of the person next to you. Yoga in a public setting, with a group of strangers, can be very dangerous, because it involves energy work, and energy work with a group of strangers is not recommended.

However, if you maintain a shield, just simply by envisioning a shield of white light around your body like a mirror, and if you hold that intention for a few minutes before you start, you'll be shielded. You could also carry some black tourmaline with you, and then wash it when you are done. Black tourmaline will absorb anything that is floating around in the room.

You should shower immediately after Yoga with the intent of releasing energy that has been absorbed from the environment, or released from your own field. Running water or a salt water bath removes negative energy residue. An Epsom salt bath is actually ideal since the salt will remove physical and non-physical toxins.

On a worst case scenario, I have a friend who seems to be attacked during Yoga, by an entitiy. My friend describes being "touched" by a phantom person who was not visible, but clearly had a physical effect. It is entirely possible that entities might be present in a Yoga class, since the movements might actually open the body up to attack, by opening certain blocked energy centers in the body temporarily. This can attract various entities who like to "feed" off of the emotional and physical energy released by our Human body. Envisioning a shield around your body and using a black tourmaline on your person, should help completely stop any random entities.

If none of this advice works, and if you feel pain, try a different Yoga group with a different group of people in a different building. There are far more nefarious forces present in the world than we realize, and sometimes trial and error is needed to find a safe space.

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