This question is frequently asked by students who take my classes. Many people feel vibrating, shaking, or shaking when they do a pose that requires effort or is physically demanding. Even if you are not in a physically demanding pose (such as a resting position), you may feel trembling. It may feel strange to experience your muscles trembling out of nowhere, completely uncontrollable. It is almost as if your body has its own mind!
You may not have realized it, but there is more truth than you might think.
The objectives of the “animal body”
The ‘whole’ of your being is made up several interconnected parts. The conscious mind and the animal body are two of these interconnected parts. We will briefly separate the two and then focus on the body. The basic survival of your animal body is dependent on eating, sleeping, and survival. Your body responds to dangers by triggering its survival mode. This can happen even if you don’t think so.
Your body is an animal body and will respond to any threat it perceives in the same way as a wild animal. These ‘threats’ are handled by your body very well. Your metabolism changes instantly, stress hormones activate, muscle energy increases, and you become more resilient. This is what you’ve probably heard called your Fight or Flight mode. These amazing abilities are available to everyone, and they are stored in your nervous system and body.
It is important to return to balance
It is not healthy for your body, however, to remain in survival mode for too long. This requires a lot of energy. It is vital that your body returns to a resting state immediately after activation. This will allow you to restore energy and counter the negative effects of prolonged stress.
Relaxation can help your body repair any damage to your tissues and muscles, and bring down stress hormone levels so that your body can produce enzymes and hormones to digest food (for energy). You can also get nourishing sleep to improve your health and return to good health. Your emotional and mental state will return to normal when you are in a relaxed state. This is the place your animal body desires to be most of all. That’s a fact that is hard to argue with.
Energy release triggers
This is what happens when you’re in Warrior II, and your front leg starts trembling like crazy. What’s the problem?
Your animal body will seek out opportunities to return to the ‘baseline of relaxation’ when it feels safe. This can happen after or during high activation. When you pay attention to your breath in yoga, your body will know that you are safe. This combination can trigger an energy release if your body feels safe while activating your muscles. This safe state can be used by your body to let go of any energy you are currently generating or to release energy from a past situation.
Is this normal shaking?
You may also feel that it is strange or funny. This is just your conscious mind making a judgement about it. The mind can believe it is right about everything. Your animal body doesn’t care about anything, it just wants to get back to its baseline.
The question is: will your body allow this to happen? You might not feel free to move around in a yoga class with other people. You can do this at your own home if that is the case. You can also use a variety of practices to increase your body’s stress-releasing abilities, such as psoas work with yoga or the TRE(r), which is Tension Release Exercises.
You can be content with your body’s natural movement. Find a place to lay down and allow it to happen for a few moments. You should lie down in Savasana for at least a few minutes. Then, pay attention to the sensations that your body feels during and after Savasana. Your body deserves your appreciation and gratitude. It knows best for you!