When we hear the words “letting go”, the attachments that may spring to mind may be people or things, but they can also be habits or beliefs.
During the practice of yoga asanas, when we listen and respect our body, and also trust it a little bit deeper each time, we learn humility in accepting our limitations. This humility and intimacy with ourselves prepares us to move into intimacy with others.
Such humility and intimacy has multi-fold effects on our being, with ourselves and with others. We humbly accept our physical, intellectual and spiritual limitations with compassion, and look upon others in the same way. Therefore, we do not need to convince others of our opinions, rather we tolerate our differences with respect.
Greater intimacy with ourselves shows us the source of our bad habits, rooted in a lack of self-love. As we work with our body instead of against it, we can set a sankalpa – a seed of intention – for letting go of bad habits and replacing them with something good for our self development.
Our personal attachments to people or things may also be stemming from some fear – a fear that we can get in touch with only when we are in a state of humility and intimacy with ourselves.
So how do we let go?
Psychoanalysis is not necessary for learning to let go of our fears and our pain, if we practice yoga. Yoga is designed to work holistically on body, mind and spirit, simply by the practise of physical postures and meditation.
Get on your mat and start to observe the daily build up of physical and mental tensions, which are caused by the conditioned mind. As we move through these physical tensions and blockages, we will also release their mental counterparts.
This practice naturally allows us to remove any masks that we may wear, so we can move into a freer expression of who we are with greater confidence and joy.
Yoga means unity; the union of breath, movement and awareness. Liberation happens through practice rather than intellectual study, making yoga a very personal and individual transforming experience.
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