This post is from a wonderful yoga teacher, Julie Gentile, and it is about how yoga can help with “letting go”. Not letting go of the love you had or the memories that you have of the person that you lost, but letting go of your grief.
Letting Go of 2018
Julie M. Gentile
What will you leave behind in 2018?
In my 10 years of practicing yoga and seven years of teaching it, I have learned to let go of many things I previously held on to that no longer serve me—thoughts, emotions, experiences, relationships, jobs. It’s easy to grasp on to these things. It’s much harder to let them go. And when you have to let go of someone or something you’re not ready to let go of, the practice of letting go becomes more challenging to navigate.
Yoga can help. Although an ancient practice (it is 5,000 years old), it is still relevant and incredibly needed today. Yoga is bursting with benefits for your mind, body and spirit. It’s an effective way to let go of accumulated stress, it allows you to build awareness of the present moment and it helps you to fully feel and breathe through your feelings.
A beautiful blend of movement, breath work, meditation and mindfulness, yoga provides direct access to your own inner wisdom and inner peace, helping you move through life—on the mat and off—with more grace, ease and freedom. And it teaches you to let go.
Attend any yoga class and you’ll hear about letting go. Non-attachment (not holding on to things) and surrendering play a big role in the process of letting go. For some, the practice of letting go may take many moments. For others, it may take many months. And yet for others, it may take many years. Be patient and kind with yourself as you move and breathe your way through your own process of letting go. Know that you are exactly where you need to be.
A Practice to Receive and Let Go
• Begin in a comfortable seated position, sitting up straight with the crown of your head facing the sky. Relax your shoulders and face, and close your eyes.
• Start to take inventory of your breath watching it go in on the inhales and letting it go out on the exhales.
• On your next inhale, think of the words “I receive,” and on your exhale, think of the words “I let go.”
• Continue this for a few moments until you begin to surrender to what you need to let go of to move forward.
• Come back to your breath and open your eyes.
• Notice how receiving and then letting go feel in your mind and body.
Every moment of every year is an opportunity to receive and let go. Come back to this practice when you need to connect to your inner peace and positivity and then be a light to others by spreading that peace and joy.
If you’re interested in learning more about yoga, check out www.juliegtheyogi.com and my book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas, which will be available in February.
About the Author
Julie M. Gentile is a certified and registered yoga teacher, author, and professional writer and editor. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for a decade, and leading yoga classes since 2011. She writes about letting go in her book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press), which will be on bookstore shelves beginning February 2019. Read about her self-care adventures on her blog www.juliegtheyogi.com and follow her on Instagram and Facebook @juliegtheyogi.