Feeling better, and better at feeling

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Feeling better, and better at feeling

A psychologist friend of mine has a brilliant mantra for her patients.

You don’t go to therapy to feel better, you go to therapy to get better at feeling.

Which, if you ask anyone who’s sat on the couch before, is absolutely true. Having a skilled, empathetic professional who ask you questions about your emotional state, and then actually listen, is an invaluable process for healing.

Yoga works in a similar way. In fact, it’s the best of both worlds. Because when you spend ninety focused minutes tuning into your body, confronting your truth in the mirror, you not only walk out of the room feeling better, but also better at feeling.

My yoga practice has deepened my emotional development more than any endeavor I have ever pursued.

Nothing against my therapist, but the hot room has been the single most useful training ground for noticing and naming my feelings.

No wonder there are so many shirts and stickers that read, “yoga is cheaper than therapy.”

Are you trying to feel better, or trying to get better at feeling?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat

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