The Art of Letting Go.....

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How many times in our lives have we felt like letting go is the hardest thing that we have ever done. We, human beings get so attached to humans, things, concepts, ideals, principles, routines, lifestyles, plans etc... and every time we experience change it feels as our world is shaken and collapsing and we are not able to comprehend what just happened to us..

Just a couple of months ago I experienced something similar… Many times in my life I had to move countries due to circumstances and situations, which did not leave me a choice sometimes. Yet again, I left my home that I built up for a year and finally, I felt settled and at peace. But sometimes our life takes us out of our comfort zone and we need to leave again. Honestly, this time moving felt easier. It would not be without the help of my daily Yoga practice and what we have been taught in our Yoga Teacher Training. I am very grateful to have teachers that have empowered us with tools to take our practice ‘off our mats’ and try to apply the Yoga philosophy such as the Yamas and Niyamas to our daily ethical guiding principles.

Kriya Yoga being one of the major tools that can help us to peel off our layers of conditioning imposed by our society and ourselves with the help of disciplining our mind and willing to change, surrender to what the universe brings to us…

The act of letting go with the help of Kriya Yoga in form of Tapas, self-discipline and choosing growth, Svadhyaya, self- study inviting us to get to know our real self, and Ishvara Pranidhana, surrendering to the universe and paying attention to what life is asking of us. Allowing ourselves to change consciously with our circumstances.

As water changes its flow with obstacles being in its way. Flexible, yet balanced and stable. Yet, changes also ask us to give time to grieve and die a bit more to regain strength for life as we experience it in our own Yoga practice ‘on the mat’. We start to warm up reaching the climax of the wave, releasing and dying with each Savasana at the end of our practice to let go and release what no longer serves us. We can try to apply exactly the same in our lives, while finding our equilibrium so that the fluctuations of our minds and lives balance out to find peace in letting go and willing to change. Our body changes every second. Our cells change constantly, and wouldn’t it be easier for us not to fight these changes and just accept. Change takes us out of our comfort zone. Opening our eyes to change and trying to break our vicious cycle of fighting it, could help us fight our vicious cycle in our conditioning. How we see change helps empowering ourselves to be our best self without the veils that hide our beautiful inner light, which each of us carry.

Controlling everything, the opposite of letting go, is exhausting and won’t necessary make the situation better. Trusting that the path is right and that everything happens for a reason.

If it is meant to be, it is meant to be..

Pade Pade …Step by step letting go.

Asanas.... aesthetics vs your own individual Yoga

After a lot of thinking I finally decided to fill the Azure Yoga Gallery with images... Yet again, I feel the great importance to emphasise that images of fancy yoga poses is not why we practice Yoga ;-) hint hint... Maybe we have started out this way and fell in love with the aesthetics of Yoga poses without understanding the meaning of each asana (defined as 'pose', literally meaning 'sitting down' in Sanskrit) and it's benefits.

One of our teachers, Jafar Alexander just recently reminded me how we can define Vinyasa Yoga... 'a symphony of energies through the flow of breath connected with movements'.. Each component has a meaning and when connected together we flow through the practice... Each pose with our breath works with energies... 

So each of us has a different asana adapted to our own unique breath, body, mind and real self.... Yoga is more than about poses.... And you will notice with your daily practice that your body feels differently every single day... Not only your body but also your mind...You will feel stronger yet flexible to face each days' challenges... healthier with a calm mind..

Practice, feel it and think about it!;-)

©   Gregory Bonin de Pissarro e MacJames   Eka Pada Rajakopatasana (Mermaid Pose)

© Gregory Bonin de Pissarro e MacJames

Eka Pada Rajakopatasana (Mermaid Pose)

From doing to being!

'The point is that asana is infinite, underlining a practice that is about process rather than attainment of some preconceived perfect form.'- Mark Stephens