The effort required to let go.

Dec 05, 2020




One of the essential teaching or practices of yoga is the ability to let go.


What I discovered this month is that with full and complete effort, letting go is much easier


“Practice (abhyāsa) is the effort to be steady there.” And, it (abhyāsa) becomes well-grounded when it is returned to over a long time, without interruption, and with intention to discover the truth .” Julia Shaida


“Vairāgya is experienced by one who has thirstlessness for the things he or she has seen or heard. It is an understanding of mastery.” Julia Shaida

or non-attachement is the cultivation of the appropriate relationship to the transitory pleasures and pains of the world.” Jaganath Carrera


Detachment is one wing and practice is another. Instead of not caring or not committing it’s actually the opposite. The more you commit to the doing, the letting go is easier. Holding on is harder.


For example, in asana practice it becomes so much harder if you hold your breath or have negative thoughts about yourself or the pose.


I recently discovered the more effort you commit to something, the easier it is to let go. This last month, I cared for my friend’s sick kitty- this was a practice to nurse him back to health. Then my friend decided she couldn’t take him back.


I knew he wasn’t mine and I could have reserved a part of myself but I didn’t. He charmed me. What I discovered, to my surprise is that committing fully made it easier to give him to his new home. It would have been much harder, if I had held back a part of myself or allowed grasping thoughts like he was “meant” for me and I am the “only” one he loved.


Krisha tells Arjuna in the Baghdad Gita - Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.

Easwaran Ed., Eknath. The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)


Each practice we are given the opportunity to progressive and systematically let go in Savasana. This is why it’s considered one of the most difficult poses. There are times Savasana is so much more complete and easy and this is a direct relationship to the quality and effort of my practice and my ability to let go. This also occurs in meditation practices.



Try this in your asana practice in any pose with either a pose that is challenging or holding a familiar pose for an extended time. Come to the edge and exhale. Use your exhale to let go of your mental panic, belief or rigidity. Exhale to let go of what is holding, tightening. Notice what happened to the feeling, sensation or experience of the pose.




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