Step Five: Letting Go

John Sovec

JS_letting-go_12.30.08.JPGWe’ve now been through four out of five of my safety tips that I suggest people consider when starting yoga instruction. While there are, of course, many other concepts and considerations to bring with you into your first yoga class, my final recommendation to you for this series is to give yourself room to grow. 

There are many people in our lives who are willing to tell us who we are and how we should be. There are bosses, teachers, relatives, and spouses – all eager to step up to the plate and define who we should be in any moment of our lives. Most of them probably mean well and think they have your best interests at heart, but somehow in all that shuffle, it’s easy to lose who you really are.

In yoga, we welcome the opportunity to let go of those definitions and create a space where we can be content with ourselves just as we are. Simply by allowing ourselves to be fully present in the exhilarating moment-to-moment experience that yoga can create, we learn to let go of expectations and anticipation.

Through breathing, yoga poses, meditation, and just letting go of our and other people’s perceptions of ourselves, we can begin to unravel the myriad stories that have been woven into our beings and get in touch with our core selves.

What fun it is to be an absolute beginner at yoga! As you continue to learn more about yourself and explore all the exciting possibilities that life can bring you, I have no doubt that you will find your yoga experience rewarding and self-fulfilling.

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Author: John Sovec

John Sovec is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher serving the community of Pasadena. In his therapy work John specializes in focusing clients on uncovering their personal strengths, building upon those strengths, and encouraging clients to live the best lives…

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