How the Rasa Practice can help you manage emotions.

Our daily experience can be a tapestry (or even whirlwind) of emotions. There is a practice though that encourages the exploration, acceptance, and mastery of our feelings.

The Rasa Sadhana, an ancient Tantric tradition of practising with the emotions, allows us to comprehend and manage our inner world. It is a journey of self-discovery, focused on harnessing the energy of the Rasas (or Emotions), the fundamental aspects of our emotional experience.

The practice teaches that by understanding and cultivating the nine rasas (or Navarasa), we can better understand ourselves and our emotions. We can also learn to manage our emotions in a healthy way and to use them as a source of energy and creativity.

When we understand our emotions and how they work, we are better able to manage them. We are also less likely to be overwhelmed by our emotions or to act impulsively.

The Rasa practice can also help us to develop more positive emotions. By focusing on the rasas of love, joy, wonder, and courage, we can cultivate these emotions in our lives. This can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Unveiling the Rasas:

The Rasas are the core emotional energies, shaping our moods and feelings. Each Rasa embodies a set of physical, emotional and mental characteristic. The nine Rasas are:

  1. Love: Warmth, openness and connection.
  2. Joy: Lightness, happiness and playfulness.
  3. Wonder: Curiosity, exploration and awe.
  4. Courage: Grounding, stability and determination.
  5. Calmness: Relaxation, tranquility and peace.
  6. Anger: Heat, tension and assertiveness.
  7. Sadness: Reflection, introspection and release.
  8. Fear: Restlessness, anxiety and anticipation.
  9. Disgust: Aversion, rejection and discernment.

Why embrace the Rasas?

The Rasa practice offers benefits that influence our emotional intelligence, emotional regulation, creativity and overall well-being.

  1. Enhanced Emotional Intelligence: The Rasa practice elevates emotional awareness, fostering a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. This leads to enhanced relationships and a more meaningful life.
  2. Improved Emotional Regulation: The practice equips us with tools to manage emotions effectively, reducing stress, anxiety and depression (in a non-clinical sense).
  3. Boosted Creativity and Productivity: By exploring the Rasas, our creativity flourishes, enhancing productivity. The Rasas serve as sources of inspiration for personal and professional endeavours.

Check out the audio course, “Managing Emotions Through Yoga – An Introduction To The Rasas”, or the standalone practice on Raudra / Anger below!

Dancing With Raudra – Managing Anger Through The Rasas.

This guided practice invites you to embrace and transform anger through the ancient practice of the Rasas. The practice concludes with a Pranayama practice to help you smother the flames of anger within you, while offering you emotional balance.

How to start with the Rasa practice:

Embarking on your Rasa Sadhana journey begins with these steps:

  1. Choose Your Rasa: Select a Rasa that resonates with you, one you would like to explore further, or one you would like to release.
  2. Focus and Cultivate: Immerse yourself in your chosen Rasa through yoga postures, breath-work, meditation or creative activities. You may also choose to work with the Rasas through energy work, such as energy healing or tarot.
  3. Observation and Reflection: Notice the physical, emotional, and mental effects of your chosen Rasa on your life and relationships.

Here is a simple Rasa practice that you can try:

  1. Choose one rasa that you want to focus on.
  2. For a day or a week (or longer) focus on cultivating and expressing this rasa.
  3. You can do this through yoga postures, breath-work, meditation, and creative activities. Or you can seek answers through energy work and the tarot or other divination tools.
  4. Pay attention to how the rasa affects you physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  5. Notice how your relationships and your life are affected by focusing on this rasa.

If you are persistent, you will reap the many benefits that this practice has to offer.

Tips for your practice:

To maximise your Rasa practice, consider the following:

  • Patience and Gentleness: Transformation takes time; be kind to yourself as you navigate your emotional landscape.
  • Experiment and Explore: Don’t hesitate to try different practices to find what resonates most with you.
  • Flexibility in Focus: If one Rasa is challenging, switch to another that feels more accessible.
  • Persistency: Approach your practice with determination; Rasa Sadhana is a powerful tool for emotional transformation.

Rasa Sadhana, the practice of the Rasas, offers a transformative journey of self-discovery and emotional mastery. Delving into the nuances of our emotions and embracing the power of the Rasas can lead to enriched emotional intelligence, improved emotional regulation, heightened creativity, and a more meaningful life.

This practice is an invitation to unlock the beauty of our inner world, harness the energy within our feelings, and journey toward a life imbued with depth and authenticity.

If you want to learn more about the Rasas, or would like me to support you in this practice, do reach out to me.


Managing Your Emotions Through Yoga

This is an introductory journey into the world of emotions through the Rasas, which is part of yoga and tantra philosophy.

During the 12 lessons, a unique perspective on emotions is introduced, discussing the concept of emotions as energy – or Shakti – and the Rasas as the essential expression of the ‘tastes’ that shape our human experience.