Yesterday I was practicing yoga with my soon-to-be 12 year old son. During sun salutations B my "never-cry tough-guy" started to cry. I looked over at him and he said "I don't understand. The yoga isn't hard. It hurts on the inside." My heart broke just a little and my spirits were soon lifted when I recognized that this is why we do yoga. My son has arrived. He is able to feel his pain, acknowledge it, finish his practice, and let it go. We finished our standing postures and while he was resting in shavasana I explained why we do yoga. To release our trapped emotions that we don't need anymore.
I am so grateful for this interaction.