Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2015 22:58
Enjoy this great class story shared by Living Yoga volunteer Debra L Shambeau-Hoose
Taught a lovely class at Lifeline on Saturday. It was a small class of about 8 women. I brought music, as I always do, and the women seem to enjoy it.
We began by introducing ourselves and telling of one thing that happened during the week that made them feel good. It was a extremely warm day so practice began with a guided meditation. The women laid on their backs, knees bent, one hand on their heart and one hand above the navel.
As they connected with their breath I read a *passage about letting go...
The women responded well to starting the class in this fashion. After class, one student, who started class just sitting on the sideline, told me that she had no intention of practicing, in fact, she had been struggling with whether or not to stay in the program. Then, she said, you started talking about letting go...and I was compelled to join in, and I feel better now..
Yoga helps in mysterious ways.
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* Here is the reading that was shared in class:
"You are here, now. Let go and be in this moment. Whatever it took to get here is done, there is nothing left to do. Letting go means just what it says. It’s an invitation to cease clinging to anything….whether it be an idea, a thing, an event, a particular time, or view, or desire. It is a conscious decision to release with full acceptance into the stream of present moments as they are unfolding To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking. It’s akin to letting your palm open to unhand something you have been holding on to." -Jon Kabat-Zinn