Yoga Sequence for Letting Go
Holding on to something you don’t need? Grief, pain, or guilt that won’t seem to leave you alone? Life requires letting go.
We all experience loss from time to time. Sometimes we regret our own actions or words. Each mistake is a lesson and an opportunity to become a better person. Each loss is a natural part of life that cannot be avoided. It’s important to stay gentle with ourselves. Try this yoga sequence for some relief. Love yourself and let go. Give yourself time to relax. Give yourself permission to cry, to feel deeply, to do what it takes to eventually let the emotion(s) pass.
- Play some peaceful music, if you’d like – here’s some recent relaxation music I discovered
- Cultivate ujjayi breathing, deep ocean breath through the nose. Immerse yourself in breath.
- Hold these poses for several long, slow breaths (5-10 in and out) each.
- Listen to your body. Be aware of all your body parts. Feel them touch the ground, the rug, or the mat you are on.
- Notice the subtle shifts that happen as you hold each pose. Watch your emotions, let them pass. Watch your breath.
- Be with the practice. Be present. Know you are safe and it’s OK to let go.
- Keep your connection to your body. Try not to get lost in thought. If and when you do, as soon as you realize it, come back to focusing on the breath.
- Relax your jaw. Relax your eyes. Envision a warm light of compassion and love streaming into your heart.