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Where do we store our emotions? Our hips don’t lie...

Where do we store our emotions? Our hips don’t lie...

By LIV President Belinda Wilson

Health Wellbeing 


It sounds like a Shakira song, our hips don’t lie, but from what I have learnt over the last few weeks, Shakira was onto something!

Whether we like it or not, our bodies store our stress and emotions. Don’t believe me? How tense is your neck and shoulders when you feel under the pump and stressed at work? Do you get butterflies in your stomach when you are nervous? What about the clenched jaw when you are angry?

I have usually turned to exercise when I am feeling a bit stressed, challenged or emotional. In the past it has been too many half marathons to count, weights in the gym, or even hanging upside down in aerial hoop classes. But recently I have discovered the benefits of yoga for the body and the mind.

Yoga as exercise never seemed like a viable option, that is, until I started practising with an experienced teacher. Yoga can leave me sore for days, rivalling a weight session in the gym, or leave me feeling on cloud nine.

During a Yin yoga class last week tears started streaming down my face for no apparent reason. The pose wasn’t causing me pain, I wasn’t feeling sad, so why the sudden water works? My teacher told me that we store a great deal of emotion in our hips. Hence, stretching the hips out can lead to an outpouring of that built up stress, sadness and other emotions that may have been lurking there unknown and unchecked.

We are taught to contain our emotions, saying “I’m fine” when quietly suffering inside. We are taught that resilience is important and it is something that we need to work on. However, our body can’t be separated from the mind. We need to acknowledge that sometimes we need some time out for ourselves, for our partners and for our family.

Often when we don’t listen to our bodies, we start to go downhill and get sick. It’s OK if your body is telling you to have an early night, eat that extra large piece of steak, or go for a walk instead of a run. Being in tune with your body will help you read the signs of when to push it, and when to relax.

So next time you say “I’m fine”, think about what your hips are really saying to you.

LIV Wellness Yoga: Starting 22 & 27 September
Yoga simply makes you feel better! It assists with managing anxiety and stress, promotes strength and helps you to relax and energize. Suitable for people of all ages and levels of experience LIV’s new yoga classes provide members with a space to reconnect with their health and wellbeing and promote self-care. Register today for either our Wednesday evening or Friday lunchtime sessions to strengthen your body and mind.

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