The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren


Kiana Ng Yoga

I think that the topic of emotional awareness and understanding is SO important. I come across so many people, day-to-day, who are trapped in their emotions from not having the awareness of how to work with them, rather than against them.

Emotions are always categorized as either good or bad, negative or positive… There’s always some sort of duality which I can’t agree with. Every single emotion arises for a reason and are typically just responses to our thoughts. Each emotion is what it is; a lesson, an indicator, a sensation. Changing your perspective to that of duality to non-duality + being able to work with your emotions is both extremely healing and helpful & can lead to living a more pain-free life.

In Karla McLaren’s book, The Language of Emotions, she covers a whole array of emotions ranging from anger, sadness, confusion, depression, joy, happiness, & much more. It took me to a whole other level of understanding some of the root reasons why an emotion comes up. It taught me how I can let go of past emotions that I was holding on to through that deeper awareness and understanding of how to work with me.

If you’re ready to dive into your emotional body, check out her book!

With love,



TUTORIAL: Elephant Trunk Pose

TUTORIAL: Elephant Trunk Pose

Elephant Trunk Pose


Kiana Ng Yoga

Eka Hasta Bhujasana

I think you’ll see the resemblance…

Alignment Principles

  • Start in Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
  • Lift your right shin into your chest for Baby Cradle position
  • Take your right hand to the inside of the leg to hold the back of the right heel & take your left hand around the top of the foot to hold the pinky edge of the foot
  • Start to lift the leg/knee as high up the right shoulder as it will go
  • Once you have the leg up there, squeeze the upper arm/shoulder area with the leg to keep it from sliding down
  • Release the hands to plant on either side of your left thigh. The chest can lean slightly forwards here to help shift the centre of gravity, making it easier to lift up
  • Engage the core, press firmly down through the hands, and exhale to press the floor away as you lift the hips and leg off the ground

Prep. Poses:

  • Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
  • Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana)
  • Floating Dandasana
  • Pigeon (Rajakapotasana)
  • Baby Cradle


  • Place hands on block when lifting
  • Place straightened leg heel on block
  • Pulses with the straight leg
  • ADVANCED: Connect to other arm balances/poses: Compass to Elephant Trunk to 8 Angle to Flying Split

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