“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of who I am, I receive what I need.” - Lao Tzu
Autumn, a period of transition, is a time for self-nourishment and reflection. The season of autumn invites us to explore an inward and introspective energy both on and off our yoga mats. This is a time of year where we slow down, contemplate, and experience gratitude, abundance, and... LET GO. Detachment of the Spring and Summer and a welcoming of change.
Clinging to moments, past or present, will not bring us peace. This is the lesson of Aparigraha [one of the 5 Yamas]. If we are to awaken to the fullness of our being, we must learn to let go.
Aparigraha has many translations, but in its purest form, it means detachment and renunciation.
We don’t have to take the holiest of paths to learn that the things we call ‘possessions’ can sometimes create a frenzy within us. We need only look around us. We are a ‘storage’ society of boxes, closets, and cupboards, and homes—stuffed full of things we do not use, but still will not part with. It’s not that we shouldn’t enjoy material objects, but somewhere along the way we became hoarders of them. “These things here—they are mine,” we say, and put them all in a box under the bed. The ego constructs our identity and can hold us hostage to our belongings.
It’s not just moments, or material objects, that we accumulate, and then cling to furiously. We also build up and hold onto resentments. We acquire and defend opinions and beliefs. We are so conditioned to think in terms of ‘me’ and ‘my’ that we may even believe that other people belong to us. Our partners? They’re “mine,” too.
Similarly during our practice, we have an opportunity to observe where we are clinging with our bodies. Are we afraid to open up in backbends? Are we gripping our toes to the mat in our warrior sequence like a bird afraid to fly? Perhaps we are clenching our buttocks during cobra.
In all of these moments, we can realize that in order to have a deeper experience, we must be prepared to let go. And so we can come to the end of our practice, ready to sit in our meditation with our open hands, our vessel empty, ready to be filled up.
LEANNE MCDERMOTT ADDED TO ON-DEMAND...
Along with the additions of express (30 minute or shorter) yoga and fitness sessions in our on-demand access, we've added a new teacher to flow with. Leanne McDermott will guide you through a few of these shorter power classes. She's a featured instructor during Alo Yoga challenges and is a member of the CorePower Yoga team in NYC. You can check her IG: @leannerays ON-DEMAND JUST GOT BETTER!
Our first batch of gifts have been delivered and we'll have more in-class giveaways and random generator raffles for unlimited subscriptions.
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