Yoga For Letting Go Video
This week I wanted to take a look at a theme that comes up time and time again in yoga classes and in life: Letting go.
Having the ability to let go of things can make a huge difference to the quality of our lives and its benefits are (at least) three fold:
1.Change is the only constant so no matter how much we hope certain things won't change- eventually they will! So practicing the ability to let go allows us to gracefully adapt to necessary change.
2. Most of us acquire habits, thought patterns, and behaviours that do not really serve us. Learning to let go of these traits can dramatically reduce our internal sense of suffering.
3. Even good things can become a burden when we have too much of them in our lives. For example our possessions can be a wonderful attribute to our lives, but if we have too many of them our homes become cluttered and disorganised and at a certain point the downsides outweigh the benefits. Learning to let go of what we dont need enables us to give our time, space and energy to the things that truly serve us.
In yoga there is a vast tradition of letting go of worldly concerns. In fact there are even categories for spiritual seekers depending on what they wish to let go of such as:
Renunciates / Sanyasins: Those who give up all worldly concerns to focus on spiritual life. This may manifest in many different ways but is often characterised by a giving up of material possessions, living a simple life and renouncing even family concerns and householder duties. It is traditionally a practice taken up in the latter years of ones life once one has accomplished and fulfilled all worldly commitments.
Bramacharis: Devoted students of Self Realization who may choose to give up sex (or at least sex practiced without a spiritual end-goal) or other behaviours that reduce ones vital energy.
And throughout both Buddhist and Hindu traditions there are many great sages who have extolled the virtues of letting go of various attachments.
“Whatever is not yours: let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness and benefit.”
This week I've been living with the many joys and sometimes frustrations of living with many other people. We are sharing our home with numerous new friends and this is giving me lots of opportunities to let go of expectations, assumptions, impatience and other not-so-lovely qualities I apparently still harbour! I am finding the simple practice of taking in a deep breath noticing my attachment and then choosing to just breathe it out with the exhalation knowing that everybody in their own way is just trying their best (just like me) and that every new thing that no longer serves me that I let go of is one more step towards living my fullest potential.
The mantras that we will look at in today's yoga session are:
Om Gum Gunapataye Namaha One translation of this is- Salutations to the remover of obstacles
Om Namah Shivaya One interpretation of this is- I let go of everything that does not serve my highest good and I bow to the divinity within me
I hope that you enjoy this class and that it helps you to let go of whatever you'd like to let go of.
Yoga For Letting Go Video