The Real Purpose of Letting Go: Reflection and How to

Letting go is a much harder lesson to embrace than holding on.

As a yoga teacher, I see this almost daily, expressed physically in class when the student on the mat is eager and willing to do “more” to deepen the postures: stretch further, kick harder, engage muscles with the dedication of an olympic champion.

But when the pose requires letting go and doing less instead of more, resistance sets in and sometimes even confusion, a lack of understanding for how to do less.

“Doing” embodies a more tangible thought process and effort.

“Letting go,” on the other hand, feels like doing “nothing” and is counter-intuitive. I see students (and myself) experience this as labored breathing, physical pain, and ultimately in reaching and maintaining a plateau in improvement both on and off the mat.

The real purpose of letting go is to allow faster movement toward a goal without outdated mindsets inhibiting the transformation.

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