Interoception: Our Lost Sense (Part One) | Yoga 15

Abi Carver
6 min readFeb 2, 2020

Interoception, exteroception and proprioception are three aspects of sense perception that lie along a continuum of attention.

Exteroception is the awareness of external stimuli-sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tangible objects. (This externally-directed focus is where we allocate most of our attention.) Proprioception is the awareness of where our body is in space. And interoception is the awareness of what is going on inside our bodies. It can refer both to the perception of physical sensations, such as pain, temperature, sexual arousal and muscle tightness, and to the sensations that accompany emotions, like fear, jealousy, excitement and surprise.

These sensations give us information about how to act. Dry lips indicate that we need to drink more water, a full bladder signals that we should get to a bathroom sharpish and feelings of desire embolden us to chat up that pretty girl or guy at the bar.

Interoception, therefore, creates a link between the mind and the body.


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Abi Carver

Creator of YOGA 15, Yoga for Athletic Performance and Recovery.