Wednesday, 18 February 2015

How yoga helps you let go of the past

Sometimes letting go of the past is hard, but negative emotions from the past such as shame, guilt, resentment, anger and grief can be really damaging to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  The only way to let go of the past, is to practice forgiveness which is central to many religions.  This means forgiving yourself as well as others.  Sometimes you just have to recognise that you are human and as such make mistakes and do things you regret. Practicing forgiveness through our asana practice means opening up our hearts to compassion for ourselves and others.  Poses that open up the heart chakra help with this process, as does meditation. If we do not forgive, the only person we harm is ourselves.  For more on forgiveness please see

It is only through letting go of things in the past that no longer serve us we can reach the yogic goal of bliss. Yogis practice non-attachment.  As well as not being anxious about the future and the fruits of our actions, this means not dwelling on the past.

It may be helpful also to offer up things from the past that no longer serve you to God, the divine, or the universe depending on your beliefs.  A practical way to do this is to write everything down that you are holding onto from the past: those thoughts, feelings, emotions that are getting in the way of you living your dharma, your life purpose.  Once you have them all written down, put them through the shredder, and forget them.

I thought long and hard about this week’s video.  In the end, I chose a yin yoga practice.  Unlike yang yoga, the yoga we usually practice which stretches and strengthens the muscles, yin yoga works into the fascia, the ligaments, the tendons and connective tissue of the body.  This is achieved through longer holds.  Though many of the poses seem familiar, they have different names in yin yoga.  Yin yoga is not an easy option so as always take care not to strain and if any pose does not seem right for you, leave it out. 

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I do hope that the practice is beneficial for you.  I would love to hear your comments.
 Janet x

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